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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Distributing Fentanyl Analogue Resulting In The Death Of A 24-Year-Old Orlando Woman

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul Byron today sentenced Jeremy Achey (43, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) to life in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and distribution of controlled substance analogues. A federal jury found Achey guilty of the offenses on January 25, 2018.

“Today’s sentence underscores the severity of these crimes, and their lethal consequences,” said U.S. Attorney Chapa Lopez. “Combating such crimes remain a top priority of our office. We will continue to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”

“The sentence delivered today illustrates the dangers of illicit drugs mixed with fentanyl,” said Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA, Miami Field Division. “Let me be clear to all those who feel safe hiding behind the dark web to dispense lethal drugs, you will eventually pay a high price for your actions.”

According to testimony presented at trial, Achey, operating under the name “EtiKing,” was one of the largest synthetic drug distributors on Alphabay Market, a “Darknet” marketplace for illicit substances. Achey used the U.S. Mail to distribute thousands of packages containing numerous synthetic drugs to hundreds of customers throughout the United States. On February 27, 2017, he sold one gram of Tetrahydrofuran fentanyl (a synthetic analogue of fentanyl) that killed a 24-year-old woman in Orlando. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Troopers, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Loudoun County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathan W. Hill.

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Opioids
Prescription Drugs
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Updated April 27, 2018