Leader of dark web opioid ring based in SA sentenced in federal court

Trafficking by Alaa Mohammed Allawi, an Iraqi immigrant, caused death of marine

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SAN ANTONIO – Federal authorities are speaking Thursday morning following the federal sentencing of Alaa Mohammed Allawi, an Iraqi immigrant who was convicted of using the dark web and cryptocurrency to traffic fentanyl out of a home on the Northwest Side of San Antonio. 

"Allawi's narcotics trafficking scheme also resulted in the overdose death of a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and serious bodily injury to two North Dakota residents," reads a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office in the Western District of Texas.

Allawi, who served as an interpreter for U.S. military forces, was one of eight men arrested in 2017 and implicated in the drug scheme. He was sentenced to 30 years and will be deported at the conclusion of the sentence, said U.S. Attorney John Bash. 

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Authorities said the ring trafficked nearly 1 million illegal pills, more than 300,000 of which were laced with the extremely deadly opioid fentanyl.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the group allegedly manufactured pain and anxiety pills, laced with fentanyl or other drugs, using commercial pill presses they got from China.

Officials believe they also got the fentanyl from China.

The drug ring would then sell the drugs on the streets and on the internet.

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