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Husband and Wife Charged for Darknet Drug Distribution

For two and a half years, Daniel and Juliana B. used the darknet to distribute numerous types of drugs—1,205 orders totalling $337,940, according to the prosecution. The trial drew near an end as the evidence against the husband and wife stacked up in front of them. Daniel, the 30-year-old husband accepted and claimed every charge in an effort to shield ... Read More »

Reporter Claims to Find €5 Greek Passports on the Darknet

According to a Eleftheros Typos, a well-known Greek newspaper, law enforcement in Greece only recently became aware of fake passports on darknet markets. The newspaper, known in English as “Free Press,” walked through the process in the Sunday print edition of the publication. The second Silk Road, “Silk Road 2.0,” hosted various identity documents. Fake IDs and fake ID templates ... Read More »

An artillery shell found in the barn of the 30-year-old.

Dutch Police Not Knowing Where Collector Got World War II Ammunition And Explosives

Law enforcement authorities discovered a large cache, containing kilograms of ammunition and explosives from World War II, at a man’s home in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. Investigators do not know the source or the method how the suspect acquired the illegal items. It is certain that the number of grenades, including frag, phosphorous (smoke) and other hand grenades, was too much ... Read More »

The SEK raided apartments on two locations, arresting six persons.

Young German Arrested For Buying 50 Grams Of Amphetamine From The Dark Web

Law enforcement authorities detained a young man from Deggendorf, Germany for ordering bulk quantities of amphetamine from the dark web. According to the police information, the Deggendorf police arrested a 19-year-old man for using the dark web to order narcotics. The investigators stated that the man allegedly purchased 50 grams of amphetamine, along with small amounts of other drugs. Since ... Read More »

Two Georgia Men Indicted For Darknet Weapon Sales

On May 31, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia announced an indictment against two Georgia men for smuggling guns via the darknet. The men sent more than 50 “suspect packages” to at least a dozen countries. The four-year investigating began in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013. Customs authorities in Australia intercepted a package that contained a karaoke ... Read More »

Three Arrested In France For Cultivating And Trafficking Marijuana

One May 30, French police arrested three men in Saint-Hilaire de Chaléons, France, who allegedly cultivated cannabis, which they resold to their customers. The police disclosed that three market gardeners, 18, 20, and 22 years old were all running a narcotic operations, where they grew cannabis at a greenhouse, produced the substance, and resold them to customers. Since there is ... Read More »

Members Of Chemical Love Vendor Shop Sentenced In Germany

In April 2016, in the Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, law enforcement authorities arrested five men who were suspected of running the Chemical Love vendor shop. On October 11, 2016, The Central Cybercrime Office (LZC) of the General Public Prosecutor’s Office announced they had charged six individuals in the case. Now, the Landau District court sentenced three of the defendants, including the main ... Read More »

Report: Weapon Trade On The Dark Web Increased In The Netherlands

According to a national threat assessment report published by the Dutch police on June 1, the illegal trade of weapons on the darknet is increased, along with the use of automatic firearms among criminals in the Netherlands. A separate report conducted in May confirms the findings of the current study. In the previous research, it was claimed that it is ... Read More »

Counterfeit Euro Buyer From Réunion Arrested In Joint Austrian And French Investigation

After Austrian law enforcement authorities dismantled a gang selling high-quality counterfeit euros on the dark web, a man from Saint-Paul, Réunion was arrested for buying multiple fake euro bills from the criminal gang. The defendant is also suspected of selling some of the notes to local customers for a profit. Réunion is an island and region of France located in ... Read More »

Europol Seeks The Help Of Internet Users To Identify Pedophiles

As part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to end cybercrime, Europol launched a crowdsourcing initiative called “Trace an Object.” Europol, the law enforcement agency that exists to provide support to EU member states, launched “Trace an Object” as an extension of ongoing investigations into child abuse. In essence, Europol will upload images that connect to unsolved child abuse cases—the images ... Read More »

GDS 2017 and the Media: Cocaine, MDMA, and Mushrooms

The Global Drug Survey 2017 brought some results that the internet found more interesting than others. For instance, some mainstream media outlets—even those without prior knowledge of the Global Drug Survey—wrote about the study’s findings on mushrooms. Another one, changes in MDMA’s average purity interested not the media, but even some of the core research team behind GDS. As mentioned ... Read More »

Napoli Group Shipper Gets More Than Six Years in Prison

Towards the end of May, Judge Antonio Fiorentino of Torre Annunziata Court sentenced a shipper of the Napoli Group to six years and eight months in prison. The convicted counterfeiter, a 34-year-old named Mario Martinelli, found himself in a “thrilling police chase” last year. Once caught, authorities found 136,000 in fake euros. The Napoli Group, for those that missed the ... Read More »

Six Indicted in Darknet Fentanyl Distribution Ring

On May 31, a Federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment that charged five more individuals in what authorities called the nation’s largest fentanyl trafficking ring. The original indictment charged only one man with fentanyl distribution, later discovered to be an Alphabay vendor. The Utah-based “group” could press several thousand pills and sold, through the darknet, to “every corner of ... Read More »