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Pharmaceutical-Grade Oxycodone: Aaron Shamo and Eagle Scout

pharmaceutical-grade oxycodone: It had arrived with 10 round, blue pills inside, the markings of pharmaceutical-grade oxycodone stamped onto the surface, according to CTV. The young man took out two, crushed and snorted them. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service envelope. But the pills were poison, prosecutors said counterfeits containing fatal grains of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid that has written a deadly new chapter in the American opioid epidemic. That's where a clean-cut, 29-year-old college dropout and Eagle Scout named Aaron Shamo made himself a millionaire by building a fentanyl trafficking empire with not much more than his computer and the help of a few friends. ------ This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. ------ For three weeks this summer, those suburban millennials climbed onto the witness stand at his federal trial and offered an unprecedented window into how fentanyl bought and sold online has transformed the global drug trade. The envelope was postmarked from the suburbs of Salt Lake City. ( As reported in the news.