"Cody was the most prolific OxyContin dealer Marin County has ever seen," says Sgt. Fred Marziano of the Marin County Sheriff's Office. "Almost overnight it became the most prominent epidemic in Marin County. Literally every single case we had was about Oxy."

After several hours with Wisecarver, I ask, "What is your response to the parents who are angry at you for keeping their kids supplied with Oxy?"

He has an answer ready. "I know what I did was wrong, but I had standards," he says. He looked out for his customers, he insists, by instructing them on how to avoid overdosing on Oxy based on a milligrams-to-weight ratio ("If you're 170 pounds, you could die doing an 80," which is a single 80-milligram tablet). He warned them not to mix alcohol with pills, a combination that can be fatal. He even claims that none of his customers died of overdoses during his run.

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.”

Nor did he ever give anyone their first pill, he vows — although he does admit that the youngest person he sold to was 15 years old. "I felt like a Nazi," he says,"but it had to be done."

After all, the kid was suffering and needed a fix.

Wisecarver eyes me through the plexiglass. "Do you think I'm guilty?"


OxyContin is not the only prescription painkiller to win a following of recreational users in recent years, but it is certainly among the most popular. Since Purdue Pharma first released it in 1996, Oxy's worldwide sales have topped $3.5 billion — and that's just the legal ones.

The drug is intended to treat ongoing, continuous pain, but users can circumvent its time-release component by smashing up the pill and snorting its powdered contents, heating the pill on foil and smoking the fumes, or mixing the contents with water and injecting the solution intravenously. Purdue Pharma has recently reformulated the drug to make abuse more difficult, but Marziano notes that people have already found ways to smoke it. Meanwhile, the old Oxy is still readily available on the streets, meaning that "the Oxy trend is definitely not over," he says.

Kristina Wandzilak, founder of Bay Area-based Full Circle Intervention and star of the Discovery Channel show Addicted, says OxyContin addiction among local kids took off "like a runaway speed train" about five years ago. She attributes the phenomenon to the perception that pills are somehow cleaner or safer than street opiates like heroin. "Oxy is more acceptable — it's less ghetto, more suburban, to be getting your drugs from a bottle. But heroin is Oxy's dirty cousin." That Oxy creates addicts is nothing new. What is: the younger, middle-class demographic that characterizes today's opiate addict — and in turn, the traditional face of drug-dealing itself.

That's where Cody Wisecarver stepped in. He had been selling marijuana since 2002, and he found he was good at it — so good that he had become the premiere pot supplier in Marin. "There were certain circles in which weed was sold, and I strategically picked the top one or two people in each circle and built up relationships with them," he says. "They would say, 'Go to Cody, he'll do you no wrong.'" When OxyContin hit, Wisecarver realized had the contacts and rep to make not just a ton of money, but a shit ton of money.

"I was against OxyContin at first, if you can believe that," he says. "I saw what it did to people. It turned them into gremlins." But a business opportunity is a business opportunity. He devoured books on personal success, including Donald Trump's How to Get Rich and Tony Robbins' Awaken the Giant Within. "I learned that the key to success is to push yourself, to strive to be better, to set goals," he says. He also studied Mafia Dynasty, a chronicle of Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, and the movies Casino and Scarface. What he learned: that the big payoff comes from the big risk.

First on his agenda was squashing the competition. Wisecarver prided himself on never physically robbing anybody, so he says he paid for information and then used his connections to burglarize a major Oxy dealer in the East Bay and another one in Marin. Next up: reconnaissance. "People on the streets respected me, so they'd tip me off," he says. "I learned about the strategies of the undercover cops from the ghetto kids, where they would hide, that they never bargained to drive down the price of a pill."

Then came the establishment of a solid supply chain, which wasn't difficult since at the time there were few restrictions on Internet pharmaceutical sales. (He also claims to have teamed up with local physicians who would slip him up to 200 pills a month in exchange for double the office reception fee.) Within a few weeks, he says, he was moving some 300 pills every two days.

Customers like Rick S. say that Wisecarver's approachability set him apart from other drug dealers. He looked and acted like one of them — just dressed for business.

"People respected me because I treated everybody the same," Wisecarver says. He was shot at once in Hunter's Point, but for the most part, he could handle his business untouched — a reputation that helped earn him his nickname in black neighborhoods: White Money. "I'd park my car in the Tenderloin and walk away with $6,000,"he says.

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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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Ajk8y3q

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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