Madison man pleads guilty to online drug trafficking conspiracy

Madison man pleads guilty to online drug trafficking conspiracy

(WAFF) - A Madison man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic drugs.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama reports that Joseph William Davis, 25, entered that guilty to plea before a U.S. district judge. A federal grand jury indicted him on the drug-trafficking and firearms charges in May.

That indictment says that Davis conspired to in 2016 and 2017 to traffic methamphetamine, alprazolam, and fentanyl in Madison and Cullman counties.

The Attorney's Office also says that Davis acknowledged in his guilty plea that he used encrypted internet chats to arrange smuggled shipments of the drugs, which he arranged to be delivered to addresses in Madison County via U.S. mail. He was reportedly known on the internet's dark markets as "OlympusXans" or "OX."

One package seized during a 2017 investigation contained over 10,000 pills containing Alprazolam, which is an anti-anxiety medication. Another package contained 602 alprazolam pills and 611 pills containing fentanyl.

"Fentanyl overdose deaths continue to soar in the United States while drug traffickers hide behind their computers, ordering up potent synthetic opioids and other drugs from the darkest corners of the internet," said U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town.

A sentencing for Davis is scheduled for Dec. 19. He could face life in prison and over $10 million in fines.

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