A Gresham man admits to using Telegram to sell drugs to underage customers
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A Gresham man admits to using Telegram to sell drugs to underage customers

Authorities said Timothy Jeffrey Monahan also pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs in exchange for sex acts or sexually explicit photos.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Federal authorities say a 31-year-old Gresham man has pleaded guilty to selling drugs to minors.

On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon charged Timothy Jeffrey Monahan in a criminal complaint with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Earlier this year, the U.S. attorney’s office learned that an individual was using the Telegram messaging app to sell cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, ketamine, LSD, DMT, and an array of marijuana and vaping products to minors.

Investigators identified Monahan as the suspect. According to officials, he operated under the aliases “Thepdxyokai” and “Yokai.” They alleged that he recruited an “adult drug dealer” to supply the substance.

On Friday, law enforcement served a federal search warrant for Monahan’s home and vehicle. Authorities said they found cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, two loaded guns, drug packages, scales and more than $106,000 in cash on the property.

After Monahan’s arrest, officials said he admitted selling drugs to underage customers. They said he also admitted to dealing drugs in exchange for sex acts or sexually explicit photos.

“Drug trafficking has an alarming impact on children in our communities,” Natalie Wight, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, said in a statement. “We thank the FBI, the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force and all of our law enforcement partners for their continued focus on holding accountable those who attack children.”