A pair of fake Adderall dealers who sold their counterfeits on the web has been arrested as a result of their Stamps.com account, Quartz reports. The duo allegedly sold almost $9 million worth of counterfeit Adderall by the time Tzu Yang “Issac” Lin and Meng Ting “Leo” Hu were arrested.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Hu, agents from the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI) began purchasing purported Adderall from a darknet vendor in April 2018. Laboratory analysis of the pill agents purchased found that the pills were actually made from methamphetamine. The criminal complaint also describes how Hu exploited someone else’s identity using fake documents bearing Hu’s likeness and the victim’s personal information to make purchases for their counterfeit pill business.
The criminal complaint also described a May 22, 2019 search of Hu’s residence that discovered “a pill press, various punches and dies, a large quantity of pills that agents know to be far in excess of 500 grams. Both the powder and a pill were field-tested and both tested positive for methamphetamine.”
Quartz notes that although the alleged dealers used sophisticated methods to hide their true identities during online sales, they were easily traced due to their use of a Stamps.com account. According to the criminal complaint, the postage on packages ordered by agents were all pre-printed and purchased through Endicia, a subsidiary of Stamps.com. From there agents were easily able to trace the Endicia account to Hu.
According to Quartz, Hu has confessed to his role in the conspiracy and is being held as a flight risk. Lin is free on bond, but has had his passport confiscated so that he does not attempt to flee.