BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A death investigation in Arkansas led to the discovery of heroin being sold on the dark web and shipped across the country, including Brunswick County.
Cory Nicholas Skinner, 33, of Maryland will spend seven years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, as well as cocaine and buprenorphine, a narcotic.
During the initial death investigation in Conway, Arkansas, a detective found a Priority Mail package shipped from Maryland, under the victim’s head.
Postal Inspectors linked two other Priority Mail packages bought during the same transaction and destined for addresses in North Carolina and Arizona.
According to a news release, the person who received the Brunswick County package told investigators he used Bitcoin to buy heroin from DoggFood, an online vendor on the dark web.
The Brunswick County package contained around 2.8 grams of heroin.
Fingerprints on the packages belonged to Skinner.
Investigators followed Skinner for four months and intercepted more than 20 packages containing around 47.5 grams of heroin and 81 buprenorphine units that Skinner sent through the USPS.
They also discovered Skinner would use people who had phsical or mental conditions to drop of packages containing heroin and cocaine at Baltimore post offices.
By January 2018, Skinner had sold about 290 grams of heroin, 97.5 grams of cocaine and 216 units of buprenorphine.
Officers searched Skinner’s home and found the laptop he used to run the dark web vendor DoggFood, printed labels, $6600 in cash, plastic baggies, a scale, heat and bag sealers, shipping supplies, a gun, and ammo.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is one of the agencies that helped investigate this case.