A criminal complaint against a darknet market vendor who sold fake oxycodone pills revealed that one of her vendor team members kept a notebook with customer information for orders. The complaint, filed on Jan 17th by the FBI in support of an arrest warrant, alleges Veronica Dittman of Phoenix, Arizona was the mastermind behind a large scale vendor operation for which she employed two team members who had already been arrested and were cooperating with authorities.
The FBI alleges Dittman was the leaders of a vendor operation that used the names TrustedTraphouse, TrustableTraphouse, TrusteeTrap, and Popcorn Slug, among others. The FBI made several controlled purchases of the vendor’s items starting in Feb. 2022 from the markets on which they were active, which included Dark0de, Bohemia, ASAP, DarkFox, Incognito, Kerberos, Royal Market, Nemesis, Tor2Door, ToRReZ, World Market, and Versus.
Blockchain analysis of Bitcoin payments made by undercover agents for products sold under Dittman’s vendor names traced them to a cryptocurrency exchange address owned by one of her team members. This provided enough cause for federal agents to begin monitoring the activity of the team member.
Surveillance photo of Dittman taken while at the residence of one of her team members.
On May 5, 2022, officials surveilling the property searched through his garbage can and found a red spiral notebook. On the cover of the notebook was written “Gratitude List. Please Don’t Touch!”, along with the name of the team member. Inside the notebook was a list of customers: darknet market buyer accounts which made purchases of vendor items, along with their first and last names. Law enforcement was able to link at least a dozen names on the list to postage purchases with the help of the US Postal Inspection Service.
The criminal complaint revealed that a second team member, who was also under surveillance, had made several phone calls with a prisoner in Oregon which were recorded. In one such phone call he complained to the prisoner that Dittman was getting “lazy” as head of the vendor operation and that customers were starting to leave negative reviews after he let her “take over the market.”
While Dittman’s main product was fake Oxycodone pills – pressed and stamped to appear as 30 mg pills she also sold methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. An analysis of Dittman’s pills ordered by the FBI revealed that they actually contained fentanyl as the primary, active ingredient. She created listings for the pills in quantities between 10 and 5,000.
Dittman’s detention hearing in an Arizona district court is scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 23. She is being charged in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with conspiracy to distribute Schedule II controlled substances.