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Members of a federal task force have arrested an attorney on narcotics distribution charges after detectives spent months following the woman and monitoring her drug sales on Craigslist. Prosecutors allege she illegally sold oxycodone pills after offering drugs for sale.

Jackie Ferrari, 36, a resident of Downey, who investigators believe recently started a new job at a Beverly Hills law firm, was arrested late Friday without incident by law enforcement officers affiliated with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, which operates under the direction of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The criminal complaint filed on January 15 and unsealed this week specifically charges Ferrari with one count of distributing a controlled substance.

The affidavit in support of the complaint states that a law enforcement source with a long history of purchasing narcotics from Ferrari made a buy earlier this month in which Ferrari sold the informant 50 oxycodone pills for $1,200. Ferrari subsequently sent the informant and other likely customers a text message that she “recently obtained a new supply of oxycodone and [had] other drugs available for sale,” according to the affidavit.

The investigation into Ferrari began after a 22-year-old woman died in August of a fentanyl overdose, and text messages on the victim’s phone initially indicated she may have purchased the narcotics from Ferrari. While investigators currently do not believe that Ferrari sold the narcotics that led to the overdose death, they have continued to investigate her based on evidence that she is a large-scale trafficker in opiates via the website Craigslist.  

The affidavit also notes that records obtained from Craigslist pursuant to a subpoena demonstrate Ferrari’s long history of posting advertisements for the sale of narcotics using coded names such as “roxy dolls” (i.e., Roxicodone, a short-acting version of oxycodone), “Chinese **White** Rice” (i.e., “China white” or powdered heroin, which is often mixed with fentanyl) and “Black Rice” (i.e., black tar heroin).

Ferrari waived the option of a preliminary hearing and was released on $25,000 bond, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office. If convicted of the charge in the criminal complaint, Ferrari would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.