One of the people busted relayed details of his arrest:
"Today I received a delivery of a small quantity of a controlled
substance at my office. I had ordered this from a more or less trusted
source who had shipped to me successfully before. This time, though ,the
second I had signed for the package, a federal postal inspection agent
and a local narcotics cop were right there flashing their badges. It was so
surreal I didn't even panic, I just thought, "Well, this is it."
They asked to go somewhere where we could talk privately. I took them
to a private meeting room. They told me they knew what was in the
package, and if I answered their questions they would let me go without
handcuffing me in front of my coworkers and boss. I thought about it and
Basically I pleaded to having purchased this substance through the mail,
from such-and-such source, for personal consumption only, and that I
was sorry for what I had done. I waived my Miranda rights and wrote and
signed a written statement. The fed and the cop said because I had been
so cooperative, I was not under arrest and I would never hear from them
However, they said I might still hear from the prosecuting attorney, who
since this is a nation-wide operation is actually in another state. There is
a chance I may be called to testify, and it is still possible I will be charged
with something if I don't cooperate completely. It's my first offense of any
kind and the maximum penalty is probably probation, but it could still
really fuck up my life.
Feds Bust Online Drug Ring
Web Site Offers OxyContin, Marijuana, Cocaine
POSTED: 10:12 p.m. CDT October 7, 2004
UPDATED: 1:11 p.m. CDT October 8, 2004
MADISON, Wis. -- Drug dealing has moved online, and Wisconsin recently
took center stage in a large bust of a Chicago man selling drugs like
OxyContin, marijuana and cocaine over the Internet.
A confidential informant from Wisconsin provided federal investigators
with an e-mail address run by Tommy Franzl, through which they were
able to call up a drug menu and place orders for illicit drugs.
"What you customarily think about in drug dealing is somebody who's
dealing drugs on the street corner, and you have hand-to-hand buys,"
said U.S. Attorney J.B. Van Hollen. "What we have here is somebody who
was blatantly selling controlled substances over the Internet."
Franzl has been arrested, and is currently in the Dane County Jail.
"We ended up keeping the search warrant and indictment against (Franzl)
sealed in the courts so we could continue to run his operation," Van
At the federal court house in Madison Wednesday, nine people from
across the United States were indicted on drug charges from contacting
Franzl's e-mail, unaware that drug agents had taken their dealer's place.