Joseph William Davis, 26 years old, from Madison, Alabama, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the possession with intent to distribute of 50 grams of methamphetamine, 40 grams of fentanyl, 2.81 grams of cocaine, and 80,000 units of Xanax.
On Wednesday, 19th of December 2018, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez and DEA Associate Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley announced the ruling.
U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala sentenced the man to ten and a half years of incarceration after pleading guilty in August of 2018 to conspiracy to sell drugs and firearms possession. Firearms that according to the Department of Justice, were used in “furtherance of drug trafficking.”
Also known as “OlympusXans,” or “OX,” Davis was trafficking darkweb drugs through encrypted internet chats to Madison County addresses. Everything passed through the U.S. Mail.
DEA Associate Special Agent Brad Byerley had this to say:
“The successful prosecution of Joseph Davis is a direct result of outstanding partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement. It should put others who engage in this type of activity on notice: if you sell drugs, whether on the street corner or online on the dark web, you will face federal charges and a lengthy prison sentence. This sentence in federal prison sends a message of our unending resolve to pursue drug traffickers who wreak havoc in our communities.”
Several U.S. Postal Inspectors, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Huntsville-Madison County County Strategic Counterdrug Team, and the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department investigated the drug case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Keim indicted.
“Federal law enforcement will continue to shine a spotlight on drug dealers operating in the darkest corners of the internet,” U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town declared. “Federal prison beds await them all.”
“I commend the hard work and countless hours put forth by all of the law enforcement agencies involved,” U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez affirmed. “Together we will continue to be vigilant in identifying and working to prosecute those who illegally utilize the mail while keeping the safety of the American public and our Postal Service employees at the forefront.”
The drugs Davis was selling are responsible for many overdoses around the world and are deemed rather unstable substances. A large portion of the penalty derived solely for the type of drugs sold by the man. Fentanyl and Xanax are extremely dangerous artificial narcotics that have established themselves in the collective perception as probably the most dangerous drugs in circulation. An additional prison term was also added in light of his willingness to use firearms to protect his drug business.