The Oxy King of Marin County: Profile of a Prolific Dealer

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Shortly after 9 on a windy night in March 2010, 25-year-old Rick S. was desperate for a fix. The all-too-familiar symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal were setting in: the nausea, the heart palpitations, the panicked realization that if he didn't get his hands on some pills, he would soon have hell inside him. Fortunately, the prescription painkiller was easy to score in suburban San Rafael, thanks to a Marin man known to some as Mr. C.

Or C-Note. Or White Money.

Cody Wisecarver
Photos courtesy of Cody Wisecarver.
Cody Wisecarver
The Oxy Life: Cody Wisecarver posted these images to his Facebook page. His MySpace profile picture is Al Pacino in Scarface; that page also includes a photo folder titled “Hot Ass Linsday Lohan.”
Photos courtesy of Cody Wisecarver.
The Oxy Life: Cody Wisecarver posted these images to his Facebook page. His MySpace profile picture is Al Pacino in Scarface; that page also includes a photo folder titled “Hot Ass Linsday Lohan.”

Or, to Rick, simply Cody — the drug kingpin with the personal touch.

Through the shadows Rick spotted Cody's SUV. As he approached it, he was vaguely aware of men lurking in the darkness. Were they watching him? Maybe, but the itch in his blood compelled him forward.

Little did he know that he was about to help the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force finally nail the elusive Cody Lee Wisecarver, one of the Bay Area's highest-volume pill peddlers.

At just 25 years old, Wisecarver had become the area's go-to source for young adults looking to abuse prescription painkillers for a high. The cops estimated that he was selling up to 1,000 OxyContin pills per week for between $30 and $50 apiece. Wisecarver's lifestyle seemed to corroborate that success: sports cars, expensive clothes, strippers, champagne, and VIP treatment in nightclubs. Such tastes didn't necessarily distinguish him from other trustfunders from the San Francisco suburbs; indeed, Wisecarver is a child of privilege, the son of American Canyon councilwoman and 2010 mayoral candidate Cindy Coffey. (Coffey has declined to comment on the story.) But above all else, he was a businessman, and right now, he was in the business of dealing Oxy, sometimes called the synthetic version of heroin.

"Everyone I knew was addicted to Oxy," says one of Wisecarver's former customers from Novato. "There were all these yuppie-type kids from Marin County, people with the right upbringing, and all of them were becoming addicts."

Wisecarver himself told prosecutors he had just been providing a "public service" — keeping his Marin clientele off the mean streets of the Tenderloin. "People think I've destroyed lives, but I don't believe that," he says. "The parents who hate me say I'm the one who corrupted their kids, but I wasn't force-feeding anybody. They were already hooked, and they were going to do drugs no matter what. With me, they were safe."

Back in San Rafael, Rick S. paid for his pills and stuffed them in his wallet. He then hurried back to the car he had borrowed from his mother and left to get high.

But just as he hit the freeway, flashes of red and blue lit up his rearview mirror.

He pulled over.

The cops had detained Wisecarver, too. It didn't take long for them to unearth the evidence: $2,000 in cash, pay/owe sheets, burned tinfoil, pipes, and of course, OxyContin. This time for Wisecarver, there was no way out.


It's late 2011, and I have driven six hours north of San Francisco to meet inmate AE8274 — aka Cody Wisecarver — at the California state prison in Susanville, a rural community near Nevada. It's a year and a half after the arrest that brought him down, and two and a half years after my own brother, an OxyContin addict, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 20.

Between 2009 and 2010, 25 percent of accidental drug-related deaths in San Francisco involved oxycodone, the ingredient of OxyContin, says Dr. Nikolas Lemos, chief forensic toxicologist at the Office of the San Francisco Medical Examiner. Oxycodone was detected in 53 of the total 209 drug-related deaths, up from 41 the year prior. By contrast, there were just 29 deaths due to motor vehicle accidents.

Wisecarver's face is childlike in its roundness, and he is dutiful and polite with the prison guard who leads him to the plexiglass viewing booth. But there's a swagger in his voice, apparent even through the muffled prison telephone. He boasts that in his glory days as an OxyContin dealer, he was "known beyond belief."

In Wisecarver's point of view, there is no shame in success. He says he bought 30 cars: a Porsche, several Mercedes, a Cobra, a California edition 5.0 Mustang. He bought a gold and diamond-encrusted watch from Jacob & Co. ("Rolex is for the over-40 crowd," he explains), and invested in top-of-the-line golf clubs and a GSR 750 race bike. He spent his 25th birthday at the Little Darlings strip club in North Beach with a group of girls "who looked like Holly from The Girls Next Door." He treated his friends to lap dances.

He also developed a taste for expensive suits, and instituted the tradition of "Suit Fridays" to showcase them. "Since I was in Marin, I needed to look the part," he says. "It's all about presentation." He had had his clothes dry-cleaned, and now washes his prison scrubs by hand.

Wisecarver's resembles many American success stories — but with a nefarious twist. Raised for much of his childhood by his grandparents in Texas, he says he was sent back to California to live with his mom in his early teens. ("All the women I have had in my life have left me," he claims. "I guess it's hard to love a gangster.") By the time he was 15, he often faced suspensions for fights and truancy. Uninspired by the thought of college, he tried his hand at a series of entry-level jobs. He didn't mind working, he says, but he was restless. He needed a challenge; something more entrepreneurial. And then, around 2008, OxyContin entered his world, and Wisecarver got to work.

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21 comments
daae
daae

" He thinks he might open a strip club — or simply go back to what he does best: dealing pills. "I think about it every single day," he says. "It's all about winning, and I won."

 

Yea--real smart dude.  I'm sure his parole will go just as planned; back in Butt Town.  If you're going to

make money by breaking the law(which I could care less about.  Marin County is Filllllled with guy's

who legally rob you.) do it the right way--Inconspicuous.  A bunch of cars, and a Neg. Rich watch is

not copacetic.  Oh yea--you will get caught--why--because you can't trust anyone--they all Blab.

 

Real men do not exist in the Bay Area anymore; they have become feminized, and can't keep

secrets. 

jason smith
jason smith

I didnt realize the TL dealers stash in their butts and vajays. No one is ever gonna cure the TL unless they completely commercialize it like Times Square/42nd in NYC. So in light of the TL conditions maybe this dude really was doing someone a favor. I mean Marin county kids grow up spoiled, why they need oxy i have no idea.

Sunshine88
Sunshine88

As the ex-girlfriend of someone who was "good friends" with Cody at one point, this story is so false and completely embellished!!! Cody was NOT a respected or feared person who was held in a high regard. However, he was known for being out of his mind - which was a bit scary for some I'm sure.

Cody had more high school aged friends than friends his own age (when he was well over 22 at the time), which I always found very strange. The people that he was arrested with in 2009 were all many years younger than him.

A few true statements about Cody: he was a creep, he did not drive nice cars as stated in this story, he definitely WAS addicted to Oxycontin (I witnessed on several occasions him snorting OC & pass out mid-sentence), and most importantly, he ruined countless peoples lives.

Whether he was root of those peoples issues or not (as he justified in this story), it doesn't matter. It makes me so angry knowing that he's sitting in PRISON and somehow thinks he's Mr. Cool, still! What a SOCIOPATH. Obviously the person who wrote this story should have checked with a few more sources that grew up around Cody (or anyone in Marin County really). This story would have had a completely different tone to it.

Oxycontin has taken away several people who meant the world to me, and this story saddens me so much. Although the author states that he too, lost a family member as a result of this drug, I strongly dislike how this story somewhat glorifies Cody and what he was all about.

Oh Cody, poor Cody. I always knew you had a gigantic head....but clearly all of the drugs have inflated that large head of yours even more so.

daae
daae

Thanks for the truth.  If Cody just told the truth; the courts might have gone light

on his sentence.  Be careful with throwing around the Sociopath label.  I've met a lot

of dudes with a lot of degrees behind their name, and are Legal Thiefs.  Making money

in our current society, in many cases, borders on Sociopath ideology;  meaning

seemingly "up standing" citizens are taking advantage of their position.  Just because something is legal, doesn't make it Cool.  Marin County  has a lot of Doctors and Lawyers who are going to Hell. 

adam
adam

What a delusional dumbass

jim
jim

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EAJ
EAJ

He'll get out of prison and get busted again in a year or so, won't be as much fun second time through the system - fool won't be laughing when he's 30 or so looking at 85 percent of 12 years plus a prison prior guy is a loser

oldguy
oldguy

The dope dealer's quotes sound like Mit Romney.

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Profile of the Sociopath

Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

Grandiose Sense of Self Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

Pathological Lying Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

Incapacity for Love

Need for Stimulation Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

Callousness/Lack of Empathy Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

Irresponsibility/Unreliability Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

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Andrewloev
Andrewloev

This story is bullshit. I introduced cody to oxy. I gave it to him for the first time. This story is embellished and over exaggerated!

Drrape
Drrape

he was street level, this story is all lies and exaggerations

Non
Non

I knew cody while he was selling OxyContin. I even bought pills from him. While i admit he sold drugs, the stories about 30 cars and rolexes are lies. Cody is dillusional and belongs in prison.

mmathers
mmathers

1K pills @ $30/ea * 50 weeks/yr = $1.5M cash/yr. This lack of repentance for his actions makes me wonder exactly how much money he has stashed away that hasn't been confiscated. Just how hard did the cops look for his ill-gotten gains or how much can be legally seized? -mm

SgtWD
SgtWD

This is actually a well written and insightful article. Kudos to the author.

Considering the content, subject matter, and location i.e. San Francisco one might guess the article is out of place. Instead of the usual promotion of or condoning such behavior this article was written without bias.

It is unfortunate we have so many in our society who think their problems can be resolved with drugs. This article sheds light on the fact that drug use only causes further problems for the individuals involved and society in general.

The question becomes; How do we as a society intervene or prevent our youth from even thinking they need to have a drug to help them with lifes struggles?

Samsel Indstress
Samsel Indstress

cody has a point. he was consistent and always had 80's. (we would have went to the tenderloin or civic center anyways) its a shame how it all went down. but its for the better. i dont blame cody for being addicted to oxy, i blame myself. the justice system should recognize that. and good luck with the rise of 30mg roxies.

bigriggs
bigriggs

"It's all about winning, and I won."

No, you are in prison dipshit, right where you belong.

anon
anon

Amazing article - thank you for exposing such a critical problem in our community and around the country.

Bob Farkas
Bob Farkas

Great article. Shows how depraved this problem has become. Well done!

 
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