Opioid pills. Photo: Kimberly Boyles/Shutterstock.com

A Los Angeles-area attorney has been arrested for allegedly selling opioids and other drugs on the online classified ad website Craigslist, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California announced Tuesday.

Jackie Ferrari was arrested Friday on narcotics distribution charges by law enforcement officers affiliated with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, a program directed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Downey resident was charged with one count of distributing a controlled substance, according to a criminal complaint filed Jan. 15. She did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

An affidavit filed by a DEA task force officer said Ferrari sold 50 pills of oxycodone—a synthetic  painkiller—Jan. 10 to a cooperating source working with law enforcement. Ferrari allegedly sent the source a text saying that she “recently obtained a new supply of oxycodone and [had] other drugs available for sale.”

Law enforcement officers began investigating Ferrari after a 22-year-old woman with whom she communicated died of a fentanyl overdose in August. Investigators do not believe Ferrari sold the woman the narcotics that led to the overdose, but they continued to investigate her ”based on evidence … that she is a large-scale trafficker in opiates via the website Craigslist.”

According to the affidavit, Ferrari used coded names such as “roxy dolls” and “black rise” on Craigslist to sell heroin, oxycodone and Adderall—a branded narcotic used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Two police departments collected information on Ferarri’s drug trafficking in 2017, noted in the affidavit.

The 36-year-old attorney most recently worked at the law office of Cary Goldstein Esq., a palimony and family law firm in Beverly Hills. The firm’s founder Cary Goldstein said he didn’t know about the allegations against Ferrari when the company hired her.

“We are shocked and deeply troubled by the allegations leveled against Ms. Ferrari,” Goldstein said in an email to the Recorder. “It is, in my mind, inexplicable as to how an accomplished young lawyer would have engaged in the conduct she is alleged to have partaken.”