A 19-year-old from Damascas has been arrested on federal narcotics charges after he reportedly used his social media profiles to promote and sell drugs to minors.
On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon reported that Averi Rose Dickinson had been charged with conspiracy to distribute, distribute controlled narcotics, and possess a handgun in furtherance of a drug trafficking felony.
Police suspect Dickinson was part of a broader drug distribution network that contributed to the deaths of other teenagers.
A criminal complaint filed against Dickinson in January 2023 revealed that she operated a business named Kiki’s Delivery Service, which dealt with the trafficking of illegal substances. Dickinson used Instagram, Snapchat, and Telegram to promote and accept orders for illegal substances. The investigation uncovered as much as three years of delivery service operation by Dickinson.
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On June 5, a federal judge signed a warrant to search Dickinson’s residence, cell phone, and vehicle.
On June 14, agents used the warrant to search a building. According to the criminal complaint, Dickinson told police she had many illegal narcotics in her home. Cocaine, ketamine, marijuana, and fake Xanax bars were among the illicit substances discovered by the police.
They also discovered an AR-style assault rifle, a handgun with an extended magazine and a bulletproof jacket with armour plates.
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The criminal complaint states that Dickinson told police that she advertised drug transactions via many social media accounts, including a Telegram account called “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” According to the criminal complaint, she admitted that she marketed her services to anyone and assumed half of her customers were minors.
The following screenshot, which appears to be social media post from Kiki’s Delivery Service advertising drug sales, was released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Oregon.
According to the criminal complaint, when investigators told Dickinson about the teen overdoses linked to the drug distribution network, she denied any responsibility for the deaths. She said she routinely tested pills to see if they were laced with fentanyl.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon did not release any details on the teen drug overdoses. On Thursday, Dickinson was brought before a federal judge, who then issued an order keeping her in custody pending further court procedures.