2 Colorado men among 5 arrested for massive 'dark web drug trafficking, money laundering conspiracy'

Khlari Sirotkin, photo courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office. Tied to "dark web drug trafficking" conspiracy according to the Department of Justice.
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CINCINNATI (KKTV) - Two Colorado men are among five people facing charges tied to one of the biggest online drug trafficking organizations in the United States.

Khlari Sirotkin and Kelly Stephens, both of Colorado, are facing 21 counts in the case.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released more information on the $2.8 million "dark web trafficking, money laundering conspiracy."

"The defendants allegedly specialized in the manufacturing and distribution of more than one million fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills and laundered approximately $2.8 million over the course of the conspiracy," the Department of Justice stated in a release. "The pressed fentanyl pills, along with heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, were shipped to the Southern District of Ohio and throughout the country."

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the group was working under the names "PillCosby" and "Slanggang."

The drug charges alone in the case carry a sentence up to 10 years to life in prison. The money laundering charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison. That doesn't include the charges of attempting to distribute fentanyl or heroin.

“It doesn’t matter to us if you’re out on the streets or behind a computer screen in the comfort of your own home – if you deal fentanyl, as is alleged here, we will identify you and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers.