On Augsut 19, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California announced that a man who had been delivering, distributing, and dispensing controlled substances through the Internet received a prison term of 70 months. This in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(h), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846.
Sky Justin Gornik, 39 years old, was sentenced before the District Court Judge Anthony J. Battaglia, for “participating in a conspiracy to deliver, distribute and dispense controlled substances through the internet.” The San Diego resident had already pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to help launder drug proceeds using cryptocurrencies.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gornik had used several different anonymous screen names and different marketplaces on the Dark Web to conduct his criminal activities. This included using such marketplaces as Alpha Bay, Trade Route, and Abraxas, where he would buy and sell drugs such as Fentanyl and Carfentanil using different cryptocurrencies.
As part of his sentencing, Gornik was forced to forfeit millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies that he had received. This included a loss of such coins as SegWitCoin (BTC), Ethereum, and Monero.
In June 2017, Gornik was arrested after investigators found 86,000 fatal dosages of an opiate in his home. The San Diego resident would later confess to law enforcement officials that he had bought and sold fentanyl and was buying carfentanil as well. He further admitted that his illicit activities had gone on for nearly 3 years.
In 2018, the 39-year-old reached a plea agreement with the government. This included a nearly six-year-long prison term as well as the forfeiture of all assets received as part of the illegal activities.
As part of the investigation,