Oxy abusers often develop an intolerance to pain, says Wandzilak, which makes interventions difficult. "Discomfort is the touchstone of life, helping us to gain experience and depth. But it's been so long since these kids have dealt with it that they just want to keep feeling numb. They know their lives are fucked up. They just don't care."

Despite Wisecarver's claims, kids from the suburbs cruise the Tenderloin, too — even some of Wisecarver's former customers. Just ask Rick S.

CHP officers confiscated his pills when they pulled him over on the night of Wisecarver's takedown. The cops took him into custody, looking for dirt on Wisecarver, but Rick S. wasn't much help. He only knew Wisecarver as the big Oxy dealer who'd have lines of kids waiting for him in parking lots. But he wasn't surprised. "If you're selling that much dope, you're going to get caught at some point," Rick S. says of Wisecarver. "Nobody's that good."

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.”

(While the cops had been surveilling Wisecarver for months, before Rick S's buy they hadn't been able to get any of the charges to stick.)

But Wisecarver's fate wasn't Rick's concern that night. After his run-in with the cops, Rick headed straight into the city, and then to the Tenderloin, where he scored another fix — and where he would soon find himself living as his Oxy addiction spiraled out of control.


By late 2010 the insidiousness of opiate addiction was apparent in the tired eyes of many of the residents of the Henry Ohlhoff House on the corner of Oak and Steiner. Among those in Ohloff's recovery programs was Rick S., who had finally gotten himself off the streets — this time, he hoped, for good.

While he remembers Wisecarver as "a nice guy" and concedes that scoring Oxy from him "sure was better than going to the Tenderloin," Rick S. doesn't buy Wisecarver's claims to have been helping Marin's Oxy-addicted kids. "He didn't create addicts," Rick S. says, "but you have a problem, and he's not helping that problem."

Like Rick S., 23-year-old Jessica is a former customer with complicated feelings about Wisecarver. (Her name has been changed.) Although he dealt Oxy, she says, Wisecarver possessed many other qualities that made him "a very intriguing person," and he's the only drug dealer she would consider a friend. Of OxyContin, however, Jessica has no qualms invoking judgment. A graduate of a private high school in Marin County, she became addicted to Oxy and heroin at college and moved back to the Bay Area in 2008 to get away from the opiate scene. But here, she says, the problem was just as bad, if not worse. By the time she found herself getting high in the bathroom while working as a Mill Valley nanny, she was at the mercy of opiates. "It's not so much that it took away the pain, but that nothing mattered," she says.

Rick S., too, suffered a quick downward descent once he was introduced to OxyContin. While it was more of a social thing at first — "You want to want what other kids want," he says — Rick S. soon found that he couldn't go more than 36 hours without doing Oxy, or he would get itchy and sweaty, and his bones would start to ache. Getting high became "a full-time job," and he spent the next few years in and out of treatment centers.

His bottom came in the summer of 2010 while sitting on a sidewalk in the cold San Francisco fog. He was contemplating suicide. "I was with a bunch of crackheads, and I realized they were all there on borrowed time," he says. "This was my reality. I was always worried about the next high."

Instead, he called his brother and asked for a ride to Ohlhoff. "Every time you screw up again, it's heartbreaking," he said, picking at the laces of his Converse sneakers. "But it is possible to get sober and stay sober."

There is still the fear that he hasn't broken the pattern, however, and Rick S. fidgets as he recalls giving up on life.

He offers this warning for kids who might try OxyContin at a party, kids who never dream they might end up an IV drug user with all its consequences: He is HIV-positive.

"If hell exists, this is what it is," he says.

That was 2010. Rick S. relapsed, but has been clean for nearly a year. Jessica has made it almost 18 months without opiates. But every day is a struggle.


Meanwhile, the days pass quickly for Wisecarver. Though his extensive criminal record had him facing up to seven years and four months in prison, prosecutors knocked that down to four years and eight months in exchange for revoking probation. Karen Lamb, the Marin County deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case, declined to elaborate on the plea bargain; Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden would only call the reduction "significant," adding that Wisecarver "got a pretty good deal."

Prison has given him the chance to mellow out from the high-stakes lifestyle of a drug dealer, and he's taking his sentence as a blessing. "I'm kind of happy I'm here, because it was getting dicey at the end with the cops breathing down my neck," he says. Despite his incarceration, he says wasn't ever truly scared of law enforcement; they were simply "an inconvenience."

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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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