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19.04.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

Throughout the week, an unusually high number of darknet market vendors landed in police custody or faced a judge for sentencing. The cases revealed that United States law enforcement has been targeting opioid dealers for, in since cases, years. And in Austria, amphetamine redistributors keep getting caught via ‘return to sender’ packages. Before are some cases DeepDotWeb covered this week. ... Read More »

Darknet Glock Vendor Gets 33 Months in Prison

Almost one year ago, Gerren Johnson and William Jackson were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker on federal firearm trafficking charges. Both men had used Blackmarket Reloaded (BMR) to sell Glocks and other weapons to buyers across the globe. In April 2018, at a U.S. District Court in Georgia, Johnson received a 33 month prison sentence in exchange ... Read More »

German Man Ordered Drugs to His Grandmother’s House

Judge Stefan Weickert, at a District Court in Munich, sentenced a 29-year-old man to four years in prison for illegally buying cocaine and amphetamine from the darknet. The man lived with his grandmother in Weilheim, Germany, at the time of his arrest in May 2017. His grandmother, unaware of the package’s contents, accepted the package that led to her grandson’s ... Read More »

Last Defendant has Entered Prison in Alphabay Heroin Case

A former darknet vendor recently started serving his prison sentence for his role in a cocaine and heroin trafficking operation. Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, a 25-year-old Pakistani national, worked alongside 33-year-old Abdullah Almashwali in Brooklyn, New York, to ship drugs across the United States through the United States Postal Service. Almashwali received his prison sentence in July 2017 and Farooq got ... Read More »

Tasmania’s Dark web Drug and Bikies dealers nabbed

It’s exactly a few minutes past 4:00 pm in Burnie, Tasmania’s North West. A darkish sedan pulls over to a small group of people gathered by some shops. The rear window is down as money is exchanged for portions of the drug ice. “It’s like the ice-cream truck for druggies,” one of them says. Data reports show that the percentage ... Read More »

Cryptocurrency news roundup, April 15, 2018

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments. New developments: Islamic scholar claims Bitcoin is Sharia law compliant Mufti Muhammad Abu Bakar, a Sharia advisor and compliance officer at Blossom Finance, recently argued Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be Sharia law compliant in certain cases. According to Bakar, Bitcoin can be Halal (permitted) if it is used as a ... Read More »

INDONESIAN STUDENT ARRESTED FOR PURCHASING ECSTASY USING BITCOINS

For some months now, the only certainty about the fight against the use of the dark web is the arrest of culprits every now and then. Although this shows improvement, it still isn’t the way to curb the problem. Meanwhile, the list of active students involved in dark web behavior is increasing with arrests taking place in Indonesia as well. ... Read More »

Tor Project Ended Tor Messenger Development

The Tor Project announced the discontinuation of Tor Messenger, a messaging platform that incorporated Tor and OTR by default. In a blog post about the end of Tor Messenger support, the Tor Project gave three reasons for the decision. One of the more pressing reasons for ending Tor Messenger support, the blog post explained, was Florian Quèze’s discontinuation of Instantbird ... Read More »

Two Pennsylvania Men Charged for Fentanyl Distribution

Jamil I. Chapman and his nephew Nasai J. Chapman allegedly used the darknet to import fentanyl and carfentanil from China to their residence in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Authorities announced that, in total, the men had ordered *fentanyl packages on seven occasions and received between 400 and 500 grams of the drugs. The investigation began in 2017 after a neighbor reported ... Read More »

Three Found Guilty in Fatal Fentanyl Conspiracy Case

A federal jury in Nashville, Tennessee, found three men guilty of participating a fentanyl distribution conspiracy based in Madison during an 8-days trial.. The men are now waiting for their prison sentences alongside another five co-conspirators who had previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the fatal distribution conspiracy. The charges carry mandatory minimum prison sentences of 20 years. All ... Read More »

Dream Vendor ‘OxyGod’ Arrested in DEA Operation

According to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California, a DEA investigation in Orange County led to the arrest of three men who allegedly sold fentanyl on the Dream darknet marketplace. The announcement followed the release of a criminal complaint that accused the men of darknet drug distribution under the vendor account “Oxygod.” The ... Read More »

Russian drug kingpin Alexandre Sitnikov arrested

Viktor Ivanov, the head of The Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation (FDCS), met diplomats from 46 countries and gave them information about drug dealers. Names and addresses of these criminals were identified during special operation “Mosaic”. The list includes 1,500 names, 1,180 are citizens of the USA. According to LEA the criminal community consisted of about 10,000 ... Read More »

Europol Joint Investigation Puts 20 Cybercriminals in Police Custody

The Romanian National Police, the Italian National Police and Europol, all teamed up to hunt cyber criminals across Europe. Following years of investigation and raids, 20 cyber criminals were arrested for being in connection with a €1 million fraud. The joint investigation resulted in the arrest of the Carbanak gang leader. The Carbanak gang was arrested days before the Romanian ... Read More »

15 Years in Prison for Millionaire Weed Dealer

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced the sentencing of a 48-year-old man from Randolph, Massachusetts, for orchestrating a massive marijuana distribution and money laundering scheme. A federal court in Boston convicted the defendant, Michael Gordon, of possession with intent to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana. He will be spending 85 percent of the next ... Read More »