JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A judge sentenced a 50-year-old Flagler Beach man to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for selling benzoyl fentanyl and other drugs online, the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida announced Tuesday.
The court also ordered Robert Richard Jodoin, who had pleaded guilty in February, to forfeit the web domain primalvisions.net, which was used to sell drugs.
According to court documents, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigations began investigating Jodoin. The investigating agencies said they discovered that multiple drug overdose victims around the country had purchased their drugs from Jodoin via his website.
The investigation revealed that Jodoin was selling a wide array of controlled substances on his website, including fentanyl analogues, and he routinely imported controlled substances from outside the United States, according to federal prosecutors.
Information received from local law enforcement agencies revealed multiple overdose victims around the country had identified primalvisions.net as their drug source, and one of those victims told authorities that he had purchased fentanyl, methamphetamine and ketamine from the website, prosecutors said.
In May 2018, an undercover special agent with HSI purchased drugs from Jodoin, and during the time the undercover buy was being conducted, Jodoin posted an advertisement on primalvisions.net offering $1,300 to anyone who would beat up his girlfriend.
Federal agents said they also learned that Jodoin was using the Flagler Beach Post Office to receive international drug shipments and to mail drug packages to his customers across the country. On May 26, 2018, a postal inspector was alerted that a package addressed to Primal Visions had arrived from China and border search of the parcel revealed that it contained more than 100 grams of a controlled substance, investigators said. On June 6, 2018, the package was scanned as available for pickup, and law enforcement officers said they observed as Jodoin traveled from his residence to the Flagler Beach Post Office, where he picked up the package and was arrested as he exited the building.
Also on June 6, 2018, law enforcement officers said they executed a search warrant at Jodoin’s home and found drug paraphernalia, along with a loaded .380 caliber pistol.
The case was investigated by the USPIS, the DEA, the HSI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Florida National Guard Counterdrug Program, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the Flagler Beach Police Department.