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“Drfrosty” Indicted for Distribution of Methamphetamine from Modesto Using the Darknet

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On June 6, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Modesto resident Omar Isho, 37, charging him with distributing methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Isho allegedly sold methamphetamine on darknet marketplaces such as the Dream Market, Empire Market, and Silk Road 3.1 using the vendor name “DrFrosty.” Federal agents conducted undercover purchases of methamphetamine from his accounts. Surveillance and postal records linked Isho to the parcels, which contained methamphetamine hidden inside jigsaw puzzle boxes.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy (NCIDE) Task Force, a multiagency taskforce composed of law enforcement agents from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Quinn Hochhalter is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Isho faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated June 10, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2:19-cr-099 MCE