A 39-year-old man from Norwich, Connecticut is the latest dark web drug vendor to fall into the arm of the law, but unlike most of the other offenders, he already has two charges hanging over his head, and this will make it his third strike if found guilty.
The man, Barry Duclos, was charged and convicted on charges of selling narcotics back in 2001, and then in March of 2017, he was convicted once again, this time for third-degree larceny.
The Norwich resident is once again in trouble with the law after he was arrested in February for trafficking fentanyl analogues on the dark web.
Duclos operated from Dream Market, which is currently one of the biggest marketplaces in the dark web. He used an account with the alias “1NOLEFB1.”
Statements and court documents presented before a federal court in Bridgeport, Connecticut between September 2017 and February 2018 alleged that Duclos advertised and sold fentanyl analogues on the platform, fulfilling his customers’ orders the same way many other dark web drug vendors do—via the U.S. Postal Service.
Raid and 11-Count Indictment
In the raid that followed his arrest, an amount of fentanyl was recovered as well as a loaded YHM rifle with several magazines including two extended magazines. The rifle had a round in the chamber as well.
Duclos has stayed in police custody since his arrest in February, most likely because this was not his first encounter with the law.
He was charged with eight counts of possessing and distributing fentanyl analogues, one count of possessing and distributing over 10 grams of fentanyl analogues, one count of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon, and an additional count of possessing a firearm for the purpose of furthering a drug trafficking crime.
Each of the eight counts of possession carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years while the offense of possessing and distributing over 10 grams of fentanyl has a minimum prison sentence of a period of five years and a maximum sentence of 40 years.
It is considered a breach of federal law for a convicted felon to possess any ammunition especially if they have been shipped across state lines or purchased from abroad. Duclos could also serve a maximum prison sentence of 10 years for possessing a firearm as well as being involved in drug trafficking crime.
Priors Could Seal Duclos’ Case
In a press release from the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney John H. Durham spoke about Duclos’ case, saying that the indictments were in no way proving the defendant’s guilt and that Duclos would remain innocent until convicted by the court.
Duclos is, however, no stranger to the justice system. He already has two priors, one from 2001 when he was arrested and charged with drug trafficking, and the other coming only last year in March when the 39-year-old was charged with larceny in the third degree.