Medicines sold by Alaa Mohammed Allawi, who worked as an interpreter for the Department of Defense before being granted entry to the US in 2012, are said to have resulted in the death of a US Marine and two non-fatal overdoses. The defendant and his co-conspirators sold oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl to people addicted to opioids in exchange for payment in cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. Allawi, who is said to have started selling fake prescription medicines to college students at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015, led a gang that manufactured and sold over 350,000 oxycodone tablets laced with synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. As well as a 30-year jail term, Allawi was also handed a $14.32 million fine based on the profits he made from his dark web medicines racket.
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