Even members of heroin rings have Facebook pages.
And seldom do their posts and photos give an indication of their illegal activities.
That's certainly the case with Brice Alday, Danielle Sciortino, Jesse Hervey and Jacquelynn Bradley.
The four have all entered guilty pleas in relation to a heroin ring in northern Colorado that is associated with an overdose death.
But their online portraits are filled with images of fun, frivolity and family.
Take Bradley's page.
It primarily documents her pregnancy and images of a beautiful baby who was born last year.
Alday, for his part, hasn't been active on Facebook since 2014, when many of his posts gloried in the Denver Broncos' loss in that years Super Bowl — a defeat avenged earlier this year.
One item reads: "Donkeys are goin down!! I wish i wasn't homeless, so I could watch them get their arses kicked!"
As for his photos, most of them feature a dog seen from early puppy days to rambunctious adulthood.
Jesse Hervey's page sports a private timeline, although it does include this photo:
In contrast, Sciortino's page, while out of date (she last posted in 2013), includes plenty of information.
She's listed as a native of Mount Prospect, Illinois who relocated to Longmont and studied at Front Range Community College.
The most recent job cited on the page is "Applecare Tech support at IBM."
Here's another portrait from her gallery.
Things changed for the quartet more than a year ago. In January 2015, the Longmont Times Call reported that the four had been arrested after being named in a federal indictment.
Among the charges against them: "conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin, the use of which resulted in death and distribution of heroin, the use of which resulted in death."
The identity of the person who overdosed hasn't been made public. However, the victim is described as a Longmont resident who died on March 4, 2013.
In additional to the federal charges against Alday, the lead defendant, and the three others, an additional ten people were targeted with state charges: Elizabeth Cuffaro, Martha Connelly, Cheree Fambry, Brandy Hendricks, Bruce Riddell, David Fulford, Nicholas Hamann, Mckenzie Highland, Thomas Ober and Jason Arthur.
Here's a Times Call collection of mug shots, with those of Alday, Sciortino, Hervey and Bradley specified in the caption.
The federal indictees could have faced as many as twenty years in federal prison.
However, they all pleaded guilty and received lesser, although still substantial, sentences.
Alday got ten years for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Sciortino received five years for conspiracy to distribute heroin, the use of which resulted in death. Hervey was handed three years in stir on the same charge. And Bradley was hit with five-years' probation, including eight months of home detention, for conspiracy to distribute heroin.
In a statement announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney John Walsh is quoted as saying, “Heroin is a deadly drug that is killing young people across all segments of our society. This heroin trafficking network sold a dangerous drug that resulted in the death of an individual. Because of their conduct, they will be held criminally accountable. And a word to other heroin dealers — you’re next.”
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