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Brooklyn, New York, Man Admits Distributing Synthetic Drugs, Fentanyl, And Oxycodone Over The Internet

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – A New York man today admitted selling dangerous designer drugs, fentanyl, and oxycodone over the internet, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Shadab Chowdhury, 26, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court to an information charging him with eight counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids; one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl; and one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute oxycodone. Chowdhury also acknowledged, as relevant conduct, his distribution of cyclopropyl fentanyl.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Chowdhury admitted that from January 2016 to July 2018, he used the internet to distribute synthetic cannabinoids, fentanyl, cyclropropyl fentanyl, and oxycodone. He solicited and serviced his customers through three websites, two email accounts, and text messages. His customers included undercover law enforcement officers located in New Jersey, as well as various individuals in New York, Kansas, North Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Georgia, Ohio, Alaska, California, and Virginia.

Chowdhury arranged and coordinated shipments of synthetic cannabinoids, which he termed “fire” or “spice,” as well as shipments of fentanyl and oxycodone. He also prepared the drugs to make them potent and negotiated pricing on the drugs. To avoid law enforcement, Chowdhury deliberately misbranded the synthetic cannabinoids. He also referred to the oxycodone and fentanyl in code. He received payments for his drug shipments via credit card payments, Western Union, direct bank deposit, and cryptocurrency.

Each of the counts to which Chowdhury pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. As part of Chowdhury’s plea agreement, he will forfeit a large number of personal items that were seized from his home, including several computers, computer parts and other electronics that were involved in his crimes. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4, 2019.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad in the Camden Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan Gibson, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara A. Aliabadi of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: Mitchell C. Elman Esq., Ozone Park, New York

Updated June 28, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 19-190