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Trial delayed for Utah man accused in opioid drug ring

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Weber County Sheriff's Office shows Aaron Shamo, 27, who was arrested at his home in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Shamo, a Utah man charged with running a multimillion-dollar opioid drug ring out of a suburban Salt Lake City basement pleaded not guilty Thursday, June 29, 2017. Federal attorneys prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring in Utah are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to some $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah cites the digital currency's volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when 27-year-old Aaron Shamo was arrested a year ago.For federal prosecutors in Utah, sales of seized assets like cars are routine, but bitcoin is new territory, spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. . (Weber Sounty Sheriff's Office via AP, File)


A federal judge is delaying the trial of a Utah man accused of running a multimillion operation selling powerful opioids disguised as prescription drugs.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball decided Friday that the trial of Aaron Michael Shamo will begin Aug. 12 to give defense attorneys more time to sort through additional evidence in the voluminous case.

Shamo is charged with making the pills in his suburban basement and selling them on the internet's dark web to people all over the country, at one point raking in $2.8 million in less than a year. The 2016 bust ranked among the largest of its kind in the country.

Shamo has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen charges. Prosecutors have struck plea deals with others accused in the drug ring.


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