RI Woman Admits to Selling Prescription Narcotics on the Dark Web
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE – A Lincoln, R.I., woman today admitted to operating a home-based business that illegally sold prescription narcotics through a Dark Web marketplace that she then shipped to customers through the U.S. Postal Service. Customers paid for their purchases with Bitcoin that she later converted to cash.
Monique Jodoin, 59, admitted to the Court that her company, “Tabletmagic,” sold illegal prescription narcotics through the Dark Web marketplace “DreamMarket.” Dating back to May 4, 2017, the “Tabletmagic” account listed 1,700 transactions and offered prescription narcotics such as OxyContin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Suboxone, Subutex, Adderall, Ritalin, morphine, Vyvanse, Xanax, and Zolphidem.
Jodoin converted the Bitcoin proceeds from her “DreamMarket” account into U.S. currency through a Florida-based cryptocurrency exchange. On at least two occasions, the cryptocurrency exchange mailed packages containing substantial sums of cash to Jodoin’s home.
Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., Jodoin pleaded guilty to seven counts of attempt to distribute a controlled substances, five counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and two counts of money laundering, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Boston Division, and Jeffrey J. Ebersole, U.S. Food & Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI) New York Field Office.
According to information presented to the Court, in October 2017, the Postmaster of the Manville, R.I. Post Office alerted USPIS agents that an individual, later identified as Jodoin, was shipping a large number of suspicious “click-n-ship” parcels to individuals around the country. The Postmaster noted that the name and address on the “click-n-ship” labels were fictitious and that the woman dropping off the packages at the post office was not the same person listed as the sender.
During an investigation by USPIS agents, some of the packages shipped by Jodoin were seized and searched pursuant to a court-authorized search warrant. The packages were found to contain various controlled substances. In February 2018, agents executed a court-authorized search of Jodoin’s home and, among other items, seized numerous and varied controlled substances, numerous prescription bottles in other people’s names, boxes of invoices of customer orders, an alphabetized card catalog of customers, Bitcoin receipts and ledgers, $70,000 in cash – bundled and labeled, and $1,460 on Jodoin’s person.
Jodoin is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., on August 20, 2019.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald R. Gendron.
The matter was investigated by agents from the USPIS and the FDA-OIC.
Updated June 4, 2019
Press Release Number: 19-71