SACRAMENTO — Federal prosecutors here have charged two people with selling fentanyl pills disguised as oxycodone, after a secret investigation that began when authorities linked an online drug market page to a subscription profile at pornography belonging to one of the suspects.
Holly Adams and Devlin Hosner were charged last week with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, a federal offense. The criminal complaint, unsealed this week, says federal task force agents began ordering drugs from the defendants after linking them to a profile that advertised painkiller shipments on the dark website ToRReZ.
According to the complaint, the profile, “igogrraawwr”, was similar to an account Adams had opened on pornography subscription site Many Vids. After matching a photo from the site to Adams’ driver’s license photo, prosecutors realized that Hosner and Adams had jointly registered car insurance at the same address in Palm Desert.
From there, undercover agents made five undercover purchases with the ToRReZ account between May 2021 and last January, for up to $1,620 worth of counterfeit oxycodone, according to the complaint. Payments were made in cryptocurrency; authorities allege they then linked Hosner to a Coinbase account that converted $800,000 worth of bitcoin to dollars last year.
On March 29, officers raided a room at the Indian Wells Resort hotel in Indian Wells and found 10,000 fentanyl tablets inside. They detained four people, including Adams and Hosner, as well as Adams’ dog, Lili, an IRS agent wrote in the complaint.
A petition to unseal the lawsuit says Adams and Hosner were re-arrested in Riverside County on April 12. They have not yet had their first appearance before a judge, according to court records.