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The Utopia Bust Details – Prosecution Announcement

Following our previous post about the Utopia marketplace bust We got the full prosecution announcement translated to English now that they have released the details about the marketplace bust:

Undercover Investigation into Illegal Marketplaces on the Internet

February 12, 2014 – National Office

Following an investigation into criminal marketplaces on the Internet, the police arrested five men on Tuesday, including one detainee. On anonymous, deeply hidden websites, drugs and firearms were being sold. With the permission of the Public Ministry, undercover agents purchased said items on several occasions over the past few months, and even received a down payment to commit an assassination.

In Enschede, the police arrested two men (aged 30 and 31 respectively), who are suspected of drug and arms trafficking on anonymous online marketplaces. These arrestsconnect to Black Market Reloaded and Utopia, two “Tor” websites on which drugs and other illegal goods were dealt. The third suspect, a 29-year-old man from Utrecht, was probably involved in other black market places as well.

Black Market Reloaded went offline late last year after receiving a rather large influx of visitors. This sudden increase occurred in October, when the FBI took the website Silk Road offline, which had previously been one of Black Market Reloaded’s strongest competitors.

Utopia

The Dutch suspects controlled a self-owned black marketplace under the name Utopia. The servers on which this website ran were seized yesterday after being found in the German Bochum and Düsseldorf. After taking the website offline, police left a visiting card stating that the hidden service had been confiscated.

The German Federal Criminal Office also arrested a 21-year-old man on Tuesday in Bad Nauheim who is suspected of trafficking narcotics and weapons online. The man offered not only hard drugs, but ammunition and stolen credit/debit cards as well.

A 46-year-old Dutch suspect had already been arrested in October of 2013 when he was on his way to Germany with 1.5 kilos hashish, over 40 grams of cocaine, three kilograms of amphetamines, and about 1.5 kilos of Ecstasy pills. The man was re-arrested in his cell today for being engaged in illegal Internet trade and attempting to incite murder.

Worldwide

The police investigation, codenamed Commodore, was launched in early 2013, due to signs of drug trafficking on the Internet through anonymous and deeply hidden “Tor” websites. There was thought to be a large-scale drug trafficking operation and other illegal goods and services being sold through these online marketplaces.

The “Tor” network makes it possible to surf the web anonymously without leaving any traces. Illegal marketplaces within the “Tor” environment make it possible to obtain illegal goods, services, and information, and have them sent and delivered worldwide by the postal service.

Nobody Unassailable

The illegal and highly accessible nature of these websites, on which it is possible to make digital payments using bitcoins, makes them very difficult to monitor and creates a serious distortion of legal order. However, the Commodore investigation is a clear message to anyone thinking they can commit crimes usingdigital anonymity: even within the anonymous “Tor” environment, nobody is unassailable. The investigation and prosecution of these criminal offenses are high priority for the police, as well as the Public Ministry.

Contact

Using undercover agents, the police managed to make contact with the suspects. The agents were able to very easily buy narcotics and firearms from said marketplaces. Thousands of Ecstasy pills, raw diced MDMA, and dozens of grams of cocaine were exchanged. The undercover agents were also assured they would be able to buy cocaine by the kilo in the future.

To the astonishment of the police and the Public Ministry, the undercover agents were also asked to “bring someone to the other world”. The target would have to be extorted and murdered. This initialdigital contact led to a meeting, where a down payment was made.

During the searches of the suspects’ homes, computers, multiple data carriers (such as external hard drives and USB sticks), and about 900 bitcoins(with an estimated value of between 400,000 and 600,000 euros) were seized. The suspects arrested in the Netherlands will be brought before a judge on Friday in Utrecht. The National Prosecutor has requested for the German suspect to be released to the Netherlands for trial.

21 comments

  1. What the fuck! This is insane..

  2. The Fuck is wrong with you admin? How can anyone publish such a shitty translation. I’m rly digging your side,
    but this…WTF!

  3. The admins of these marketplaces are amateurs. That’s the main problem. Plaintext passwords? AYFKM?! Setting up a hidden service and hoping for the best with limited security experience (or none, in some cases) will never end well.

  4. cops always offer to buy a lot of cocaine, I saw such thing at BMR forum too but I didn’t comment.

  5. Just one week to shutdown a new market, FUCK! SO which market are controlled by an wisdom admin with all security protections so it can be used by us customers safely (sry for my bad english, give my best).

    Actually I only know SR2 as an working market place which is big enough to offer nearly everything. BUT: dont know if its enough to put out waepons of the storage to make the site for police less attractive?

    Whats your opinion, are there certain things which call the police faster to the market place than other? (f.e. no weapons and no hitmans)

    king regards!

  6. Please you should take more time to spell check articles or have someone else edit the work that will be posted. The mistakes i catch are really bad. P.s grammar as well.

  7. Hi ADMIN and fellow darknet friends I need help.

    ” . I was suppose to do a sports pick on utopia today I have a big topic over there…. I won’t be making the sports pick tonight but can someone let the guys know ill be back Friday or Saturday, for a pick monday maybe….Stay safe guys! Can’t believe what I’m hearing about utopia hope its not true :( ” (can someone post that please)

    Whoever post this on my topic over there ill donate 10 dollars in bitcoins when I’m home ;) you have my word just drop your bitcoin address

  8. Sweet I spelled my name wrong lol be nice if admin could change that hahaha it suppose to be bettingescrow

  9. I can’t get on utopia forum… Or i wouldn’t be asking, the device I have with me doesn’t access tor which means no forum.

  10. This is so sad I’m finding more and more articles about it :( this can’t be true we just fucking opened JESUS

  11. Guess it doesn’t matter about my picks sounds like we’re closed for good anyway :( fuck you Dutch police!!!!!!!!!!! POS

  12. fools!!!!!! they met in person!!!! the police bought drugs and such untill they built trust with the vendor…the vendor met him IN PERSON!!!! to put a downpayment on a murder hit. he was arrested, they went into his files, he probably sniched, didnt use trucrypt, and is in prison for the next 3 or so decades….ruined it for anyone…NEVER meet anyone face to face from the tor…EVER

  13. please answers guys ;)

    Just one week to shutdown a new market, FUCK! SO which market are controlled by an wisdom admin with all security protections so it can be used by us customers safely (sry for my bad english, give my best).

    Actually I only know SR2 as an working market place which is big enough to offer nearly everything. BUT: dont know if its enough to put out waepons of the storage to make the site for police less attractive?

    Whats your opinion, are there certain things which call the police faster to the market place than other? (f.e. no weapons and no hitmans)

    king regards!

  14. GERMAN there is a list on the right that says

    “List of updated marketplaces”.

    Of 20 markets or so

    Yes guns and hitmen are bad, guns should only be used for protection in your home.

  15. German under where it says

    MUST READ

  16. Was it sabotage? Was a mole in the developer group? How did they ever found the operators and Bloackopy has known more than he said as he set the BMR?
    So many questions and I can not find any answers.

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