Case Closed

14 kilos

of fentanyl seized

In 2021, Postal Inspectors seized more than 14 kilograms of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues. Inspectors also uncovered more than 80 packages containing synthetic opioids.

* | Tags: Inspection service USPS Fact #684 | March 7, 2022

The Postal Inspection Service is turning the tide against opioid dealers on the dark web. Detecting and stopping their shipments is only the beginning; tracing illegal drugs back to their source and shutting them down is the ultimate mission.

In August 2021, a Postal Inspection Service investigation culminated in a 15-year prison sentence for a notorious dark web drug trafficker. Chukwuemeka Okparaeke, aka “Fentmaster,” was responsible for at least 7,000 transactions in synthetic opioids. At least one of these shipments resulted in the overdose and death of an 18-year-old victim. Following Okparaeke’s arrest, Postal Inspectors seized more than 14 kilograms of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues. Inspectors also uncovered more than 80 packages containing synthetic opioids that would have been shipped throughout the United States had Okparaeke not been arrested.