His willingness to take gambles — such as offering three 80-milligram Oxys for $100 — paid off, and he felt one step closer to emulating his idols: Tiger Woods, Bernie Madoff, and Charlie Sheen, whom he admires because "he's rich and gets to do whatever the fuck he wants."

"Lots of times I just gave shit away," Wisecarver says. "Oxy is worse to detox off of than heroin. It goes into your marrow, it feels like icicles under your skin." He claims never to have been addicted, although at the peak of his use, he was doing about $3,000 of Oxy a week — and he knew what it felt like to detox. Other times he accepted goods and services in exchange for pills: Foot Locker shoes, golf lessons, car stereo systems, and even a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting that he says he later sold for $10,000. (It cost him 30 pills.)

And there was another reason he felt empathy for his customers: "They're doing pills because something is going on in their lives, or something happened, and they want to forget about it," he says. "Every one of these kids' drug use stems from their problems at home." That was the "public service" he argues that he provided: helping these kids through their problems but also protecting them from the big city. He had no qualms — especially if he could make his million doing it.


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.”

Whether or not Cody Wisecarver's arrest benefits Marin County, life in the Tenderloin has gone on as usual — and, true to Wisecarver's description, "Pill Hill," the area surrounding the intersection of Leavenworth and Golden Gate, isn't for the faint of heart. Shortly before 9 on a recent evening, S.F. police Officer Angelique Marin shed her uniform in the locker room in preparation for an undercover "buy-bust" operation. Illegal pills are now the source of so many arrests that the SFPD has tacked up huge posters in its precinct at 301 Eddy to help officers identify the panoply of brightly-colored tablets they regularly confiscate.

"It's like Skittles," Marin says. "'Taste the rainbow.'"

Marin pulls a ratty sweatshirt over her bulletproof vest and squeezes into a pair of tight stonewashed jeans. She smears her eyeliner, dirties her fingernails, greases her hair. Then it's out onto the streets with another undercover cop — a beefy guy with tattooed arms and a hidden earpiece — and her partner, Officer Kevin Lyons, who shadows the pair in a patrol car.

Sometimes, the cops target pill sales by launching stakeouts from concealed locations. But as any kid from the suburbs could tell you, all you have to do to score OxyContin or any other pill is simply walk down the street. Sure enough, less than a block away from the station, the offers start pouring in. Marin picks her bait: a thin man in a white T-shirt and baggy pants who offers to sell her two 40-milligram Oxys. She hands him $40 in marked bills; he spits out a tiny plastic baggie from under his tongue.

Marin disappears, and the patrol car swoops in.

This has all taken less than five minutes.

"Buying pills is as easy as buying a pack of gum," Marin says as the man is handcuffed.

Lyons says that the night's first pill arrest was an easy one. Many suspects run when they suspect the deal has gone sour. Or they swallow the pill packets. Dealers go to great lengths to conceal their wares, sewing pills into the linings of their clothing or storing them in bodily orifices: for men, the anal cavity, for women, the vagina. They expel the packets when a deal is made — addicts desperate for a fix don't seem to mind the unsanitary product. A common sight in the Tenderloin is a woman squatting between two parked cars: Most likely, she is holding pills for a dealer who controls her, much like pimps control their prostitutes. Others forge alliances with the owners of convenience stores, threatening violence unless they're allowed to stash pills in the stores. To reduce their liability, dealers never hold more than a few pills on their person at any one time.

Eddie Bridgett, a director at S.F.-based Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, says that roughly half of his clients at any given time are addicted to opiates. That number differs greatly from 10 years ago, when the most commonly abused substances were cocaine and crack. Most of these opiate addicts, Bridgett says, are white males between the ages of 19 and 28, many of them from Bay Area suburbs — and nearly all are what he calls "chronic relapsers."

Bridgett estimates that the average Oxy addict is using between 10 and 15 pills a day, a level of usage he says often requires a 28-day lockdown in order to detox, followed by six to nine months of inpatient treatment. But "it takes about two years before they can get to the point where they can even fathom staying sober," he says. The reason for the high recidivism rate among young opiate addicts, according to Bridgett, is that the drugs create such enormous cravings that even if the body doesn't physically need another hit, the mind does. "They crave them so much that they get nowhere in terms of accepting recovery, and they bounce out and self-medicate," 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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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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