A former CVS pharmacy technician who used the moniker “Pillpusher” to sell prescription opioids and other narcotics on the darknet was arrested Tuesday, according to federal authorities.
Cullen Latham Roberts, 22, of Duluth, made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday on a charge of distribution of controlled substances, prosecutors said in a news release. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
According to court documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Roberts was a licensed pharmacy tech who once worked at the Milton CVS on Alpharetta Highway. While it is not clear how long he was employed there, his license expired in June 2019, court records show.
The FBI began investigating Roberts in July of this year, nearly three months after authorities said he started selling prescription drugs on the darknet.
Agents made a series of undercover purchases during the investigation. They said they saw him dropping off one package addressed to an undercover agent at the U.S. Post Office in Cumming. Authorities intercepted it and found dozens of tablets of tramadol.
Surveillance of Roberts’ home uncovered more drug-related items. The FBI searched his trash, where they discovered empty boxes that previously contained oxycodone and Xanax, officials said.
By the end of November, officials seized 34 Adderall tablets, 100 oxycodone pills, 50 oxymorphone pills and 10 Xanax pills, documents show.
The agency did not release details about Roberts’ arrest.
He also has pending charges in Forsyth County, where he is accused of making terroristic threats, according to the release. Information about that case was not provided.