Tulsa food truck owner arrested for buying drugs on dark web
A Tulsa food truck owner is in police custody for allegedly ordering illegal drugs from the dark web and paying with bitcoin. According to the report, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted a package said to contain dangerous drugs. After consulting the appropriate bodies and engaging in effective communication, authorities traced the owner of the package and arrested Jeremy Singer, 36, who happened to be a Tulsa food truck owner. This case has led to one of many arrests engineered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2018.
On Wednesday, the Tulsa Office of Homeland Security Investigators alerted the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Tulsa District Office about the interception of a package, which was meant to be delivered to a home address in Tulsa. According to Casey Roebuck with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, 500 ecstasy pills were found in the package, and the receiver’s address was located on 3rd Street in Tulsa. Authorities then allowed the package to be delivered as they followed to identify the receiver. This was similar to the arrest of the Swedish drug buyer. Authorities observed that Singer had come to sign for the package.
Roebuck revealed Singer has accepted full responsibility for the illegal purchase of the ecstasy pills. Also, authorities discovered that Singer has a previous conviction, because of which, he will face a more serious charge. Authorities confiscated marijuana, marijuana edibles, scales, mushrooms, marijuana vapors, OxyContin, Viagra, and various paraphernalia from Singer after he cooperated with the authorities and told them he had such drugs in his possession. Singer also told the authorities that he had been delivering free marijuana to the homeless. However, it was reported that offering something illegal to the homeless does not warrant any applause.
“We appreciate anyone who feeds someone who’s hungry, but it’s not legal to dispense drugs, and it’s certainly not legal to give marijuana to the homeless population, nor is that going to help them get back on their feet,” Roebuck said to reporters. Singer is not only known for giving free marijuana to the homeless, but also for donating food. On his Facebook wall, pictures of him and a group donating food, hats, and clothes to people in need were found. Also, as reported, he recently organized a charity event in a church’s parking lot downtown of Tulsa.
In an interview with Joel Bein, the owner of Rubs Food Truck, he testified that he knows Singer to be a person with a big heart. He only knew him as a someone who was always ready to help the needy. Roebuck further stated that Singer admitted to using the dark web as his primary medium to get all his items. Singer explained how he used bitcoin to make payments, and it was observed that he had been involved in the operation for a long time. It is worth noting that the distribution of drugs to the homeless was not the sole reason he ordered drugs from the dark web. He was also doing business – selling the drugs at a higher price to make good profits.
As claimed by Roebuck, earlier, Singer ordered 60 pills of ecstasy from the dark web and succeeded in selling each for $10. He then decided to enlarge his business by placing another order for 500 ecstasy pills. However, he did not succeed as the drugs were intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The amount of time he had been operating this venture was not revealed by authorities. In a case similar to Singer’s, a man was recently arrested for buying fentanyl on the dark web to sell for profit.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in collaboration with other agencies, has been very efficient in drug interception recently. Their efforts have made mailing illegal drugs after successfully buying them on the dark web more dangerous. Some time ago, Kevin Scully, the European Regional Director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, indicated that buying drugs online is not safe – authorities will continue to chase online drug dealers until there are no more remaining. With time, whether the undercover agents and other agencies will succeed in uprooting the illegal online drug trade will be known. Singer is currently on probation.