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Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (Sacramento County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Sacramento
Description: Sacramento, California criminal defense lawyers represented the Defendants charged with conspiring to distribute or possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.
Beginning in July 2019, Viliami Mosese Fatukala, Quynhmy Quoc Yamamoto, Iris June Micu Mina, and John Phillip Hollis II
conspired to sell cocaine. Fatukala advertised the sale of cocaine on the dark web. Yamamoto and Mina assisted Fatukala by, among other things, packaging the cocaine and mailing it to customers. All told, the conspirators sold approximately 13.7 kilograms of cocaine over the dark web. Some of the conspirators’ cocaine was supplied by Hollis, who was stopped by law enforcement on Dec. 19, 2019, and found with a kilogram of cocaine in his vehicle.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy (NCIDE) Task Force, which includes 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 is a federal task force focused on targeting all forms of illicit dark web and cryptocurrency activity in the Eastern District of California and beyond. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron D. Pennekamp prosecuted the case.
Outcome: Fatukala was sentenced to five years in prison; Yamamoto was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and Hollis was sentenced to a year in prison. Mina received a time-served sentence.