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"Dark web" drug charges for two eastern Iowa men

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Two Waverly men accused of selling counterfeit pills after first buying the drugs on the "dark web" are now facing charges.

According to a release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa, Cameron Lensmeyer and Evan Sage, both 20, each face several drug charges in the case. Through a plea agreement, Lensmeyer admitted to purchasing hundreds of what he believed to be prescription oxycodone pills online with Sage.

Investigators seized over 800 blue pills, along with more than $20,000 in cash, over 30 grams of cocaine, over 600 grams of marijuana, and a loaded .32 caliber handgun during a search of the home the two shared in Cedar Falls in June 2017. Later testing showed most of the pills actually contained carfentanil -- which the U.S. Attorney's Office says is 10,000 times more potent than morphine, not approved for human use and is commonly used as an elephant tranquilizer.

Both Lensmeyer and Sage are now in custody of the United States Marshal as they await their sentencing, but each could face 20 years in prison. It is possible Sage could be sentenced to life in prison. Both pleaded guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids this week.

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