According to German media outlets, the District Court of Munich sentenced a Munich dentist to nine months in prison for breaking drug laws on numerous occasions. Not only did the man admit to the crimes he had committed, but an investigator testified that the arrested darknet vendors had records that proved they had shipped packages to the 43-year-old.
The charges stemmed from incidents that began during September 2014. He told the court that he had ordered drugs from the darknet due to personal difficulties and “job insecurity.” He had ordered between one and 10 grams of cocaine from at least one darknet vendor for roughly four months. The police, due to an investigation into a now-incarcerated drug dealer, learned of eight orders placed between September 2014 and January 2015.
He started placing less frequent orders once his job situation stabilized, he told the court. However, to compensate for the less frequent drug purchases, the man admitted purchasing larger amounts of cocaine; in short, the less frequent orders changed very little in the way of cocaine consumption. During the hearing, though, he explained that he had since ceased any drug use. He also said that he had not placed an order on the darknet in “several years.” He said his brief period of drug abuse ended without incident.
The cocaine purchases, he said, ended with his own abuse and never brought harm to anyone else. He used the cocaine and ordered more. That was it. The court never challenged this argument, but brought up crimes from the dentist’s past. The cocaine charges were not the first crimes the dentist had committed. He had accumulated several aggravated driving charges in Upper Bavaria and ended up with a probation sentence. He then violated the sentence through a series of charges attributed to anger issues. The charges, however, seemed fairly minor compared to the average “violent crime” charges that prosecutors had routinely handled.
Officials recognized the dentist’s genuine remorse and appreciated his cooperation and full confession. Not that they needed the full confession; German Customs—through an unknown means during an undocumented investigation—had arrested a darknet vendor who had the evidence needed to open a full investigation into the now-convicted drug buyer. The vendor had maintained a ledger of some sort. Possibly a ledger similar to the one kept by the infamous Shiny Flakes. The names could have, alternatively, existed only on the vendor’s marketplace account in the form of unencrypted messages from buyers.
The Munich District Court sentenced the dentist to nine months in prison on a suspended sentence. They ordered a 6,000 euro fine but allowed the man to pay in installments if necessary. Although he managed to leave the courtroom mostly unscathed, the dentist said he feared potential action from the medical community.