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Feds bust NYC father-son duo peddling opioids on dark web

August 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds bust NYC father-son duo peddling opioids on dark web

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A father-and-son from Staten Island sold opioids including fentanyl and oxycodone on the dark web.

Michael Luciano, along with his son, Philip Luciano sold the potent — and potentially lethal pain-killing opioids between February 2016 to July 2017, according to the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office.

The pair purportedly sold the narcotics on AlphaBay, which is a black market site busted by the Justice Department last month, The New York Post reported.

Some clients of the pair left Yelp-like reviews on the site recommending their service.

“Great stealth, shipping, legit product. 10/10,” one post stated.

When Homeland Security investigators raided the family home last month, the father admitted to dealing on AlphaBay using the alias “Zane61.”

According to the criminal complaint. U.S. Drug Enforcement agents intercepted a package originating from China and destined for Staten Island to a “Mike Luciano” containing 64 grams of fentanyl and 37 grams of an “unknown powdered substance.”

Michael Luciano, 58, and Philip Luciano, 29, turned themselves in on Wednesday. They were each charged with conspiracy to sell the painkillers and face 60 years behind bars if found guilty.

Law enforcement officials alleged it was Philip Luciano who  “had knowledge of the dark web and oversaw all technical aspects of their transactions,” while Michael Luciano shipped drug packages to customers from a local post office using a fake address.

A government crackdown resulted in the shutdown of AlphaBay and another online black-market site called Hansa last month.




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