A formerly well-known darknet vendor faced his judge at a courtroom in Cologne. The vendor, a 43-year-old man from the town of Bedburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, allegedly sold almost 200,000 euros worth of drugs under the username “Stoned100.” According to the defendant, Dirk K., he had been selling drugs on the darknet under the Stoned100 username. His attorney announced that K. would not dispute the majority of the charges in the prosecution’s indictment.
The Cologne prosecutor accused K. of 60 separate instances of narcotic distribution. The police would not have found evidence for 60 distribution charges if they had not discovered a transaction list in the defendant’s garage during an October 2017 raid. With that said, they would not have—in theory, at least—captured the darknet vendor if not for a confidential informant with unknown motivation. One German media outlet reported that someone in the area had “ratted out” the vendor.
Stoned100, on the darknet, distributed amphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, hashish, and other substances. He sold on Alphabay, Dream, and even his own vendor shop called, unsurprisingly, “Stoned100.” The indictment accused K. of selling drugs as a source of “considerable income.” While this fact, in the United States, would not make a difference whatever, many darknet vendor cases in Germany have ended with sentences that reflected the motivation for the drug distribution. Drug dealers who sold only to feed their addiction or to barely scrape through life have often received suspended sentences that included a little more than a month in a drug rehabilitation program.
But Dirk K. acknowledged that he had been selling drugs for a profit. He agreed he would not contest the possession charges either; the evidence against him effectively ended any chance he had at fighting possession charges. In October 2017, German authorities raided the Bedburg man’s home and found kilograms of assorted illegal substances. They found 13 kilograms of amphetamine; nine kilograms of marijuana; six kilograms of ecstasy; and 137 grams of cocaine. The police also found a rifle, knives, and a computer that proved vital to the prosecution’s case.
Dirk K. kept logs on his computer that incriminated roughly 60 customers. The prosecutors said the man had customers in Germany, Austria, Belgium, France and Switzerland. One customer had ordered an entire kilogram of amphetamine. The defendant had previously told the courtroom that he had purchased the drugs in bulk and then resold them in smaller quantities on the dark web in exchange for Bitcoin. He disputed five individual distribution charges though; he said that he had not been selling drugs for multiple years even though the prosecution claimed the evidence had proven that five drug transactions had taken place several years ago.
The hearing has only just begun, though.