Sacramento Residents Sentenced for Dark Web Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

Four Sacramento residents, Viliami Mosese Fatukala, Quynhmy Quoc Yamamoto, Iris June Micu Mina, and John Phillip Hollis II, have received sentences this week for their involvement in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The individuals, engaged in a dark web drug trafficking operation, were sentenced after a successful investigation led by the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy (NCIDE) Task Force. 

Details of the Sentences:

Chronology of the Conspiracy:

The conspiracy to sell cocaine commenced in July 2019, involving Fatukala, Yamamoto, and Mina.

Fatukala played a central role by advertising the sale of cocaine on the dark web.

Yamamoto and Mina assisted Fatukala in various aspects, including packaging the cocaine and mailing it to customers.

The dark web operation successfully distributed approximately 13.7 kilograms of cocaine.

Involvement of John Phillip Hollis II:

Hollis contributed to the drug supply chain by providing cocaine to the conspirators.

Law enforcement stopped Hollis on December 19, 2019, and discovered a kilogram of cocaine in his vehicle.

Investigative Efforts:

The investigation leading to these sentences was conducted by the NCIDE Task Force, comprising agents from Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The NCIDE Task Force specializes in targeting various forms of illicit dark web and cryptocurrency activities in the Eastern District of California and beyond.

Legal Consequences:

The sentences reflect the severity of the charges related to the distribution of cocaine through dark web channels.

Fatukala's five-year prison sentence underscores the significant role he played in orchestrating the drug trafficking conspiracy.

The sentencing of the four individuals involved in the dark web cocaine distribution conspiracy highlights law enforcement's commitment to combating illicit activities in the digital realm. The success of the NCIDE Task Force in dismantling this drug trafficking operation reinforces the importance of collaborative efforts to address emerging challenges posed by dark web and cryptocurrency-enabled criminal activities. The sentences serve as a deterrent and underscore the legal consequences individuals face for engaging in such illicit enterprises.


DATA SOURCE: Eastern District of California | Four Defendants Sentenced in Dark Web Cocaine Distribution Scheme | United States Department of Justice