A Madison, Alabama man received a federal prison sentence of over ten years after pleading guilty for his role in an online drug trafficking conspiracy, according to WHNT News 19. 26-year-old Joseph William Davis will spend up to 126 months in prison for distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to distribute or to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, more than 40 grams of fentanyl, 2.81 grams of cocaine, and more than 80,000 alprazolam pills. Davis used the pseudonyms of OlympusXans or OX on the internet markets where he sold drugs.
According to court documents, a Madison County business reported it had opened a package that was returned to their address in February 2017 as misdelivered that contained pills. Tests showed the pills contained alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Law enforcement identified Davis as the individual who initially mailed the package. On March 2, 2017, Davis picked up two packages from a U.S. Post Office box assigned to him. Law enforcement confronted Davis when he returned to his home and secured the two packages.
In the first package, investigators found 207 round orange pills that tested positive for methamphetamine and 192 rectangular yellow pills that tested positive for alprazolam. In the second package, law enforcement found 602 rectangular green pills that tested positive for alprazolam and 611 round blue pills that tested positive for fentanyl. A review of Davis’s computer turned up conversations that included multiple tracking numbers, one of which was for a package currently on its way to Davis’s parents. On March 16, 2017, agents executed a search warrant for that package and seized approximately 2,892 rectangular yellow pills confirmed to contain alprazolam. Two additional packages delivered to Davis’s post office box contained 10,580 white rectangular pills and 321 fragments that also tested positive for alprazolam.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said, “Federal law enforcement will continue to shine a spotlight on drug dealers operating in the darkest corners of the internet.” U.S. Postal Inspectors, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Huntsville-Madison County STAC, and the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Keim prosecuted this case.