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Portsmouth Man Gets Prison Term for Dark Web Card Fraud after an Earlier Pardon by Judge

Montray King has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for the illegal possession of a firearm and fraud with identification documents. According to a report, King was earlier given a two-year probationary term after being charged for involvement in drugs and instigating a police chase. However, just ten days into his probationary term, he committed another ... Read More »

Judge Allows Ethereum Seizure in “Groundbreaking” Dark Web Case

A court in Ireland ruled that the cryptocurrency seized from a convicted dark web vendor constituted the “proceeds of crime.” The ruling allowed the government to keep the dark web vendor’s cryptocurrency they had seized during a raid in 2014. In late 2014, the gardaí raided the Neil Mannion’s home in Dublin. Investigators had learned that the 37-year-old had been ... Read More »

Judge Sentences South Florida Fentanyl Dealer to Federal Prison

A federal judge sentenced the last member of a fentanyl trafficking ring in Florida to six years and six months in prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue. The final defendant, according to information revealed in a plea agreement, had organized the group and controlled the importation of controlled substances from labs in China. The United States Attorney ... Read More »

Judge Refuses to Suppress Evidence in Dark Web “Murder-for-Hire” Case

An Illinois judge denied a motion to suppress evidence filed by the attorney of a woman suspected of paying a so-called “murder-for-hire” site on the dark web to kill a romantic rival earlier this year. The suspect, according to her attorney, had made statements to the police during an interview after being denied her right to counsel. Video evidence revealed ... Read More »

Texas Judge Rejects Plea Deal in Dark Web Child Pornography Case

A Texas judge rejected the plea deal of a federal agent who had been using a dark web child abuse forum to download and access illegal pictures and videos. The agent was caught during a federal investigation into members of the forum. Richard Gratkowski, a 40-year-old Homeland Security Investigations agent living in Texas, had used a child abuse forum accessible ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Former PSC professor Accused of Threatening Judge with Dark Web Hitmen

A professor is accused of threatening a judge with assassination. The professor who was formerly attached to the Pensacola State College (PSC) was indicted for several charges of intimidating statements towards a judge of the Pensacola court. The professor is to be charged with up to three charges concerning him being accused of threatening the judge. The accused, by the ... Read More »

UK Judge Sentences Two Darkweb Drug Importers to Rehab

Two men who had ordered marijuana from a darkweb market vendor avoided incarceration at a recent sentencing hearing in Swindon, England. Both convicted drug importers were told their non-custodial sentences were “last chances” at living a life free of drug use and distribution. In December 2016, the United Kingdom’s Border Force intercepted a package containing more than $3,000 worth of ... Read More »

High Court Judge Dismisses All Charges in New Zealand Drug Importation Case

An Auckland High Court judge dismissed all drug charges against a member of a prominent wine-making family after ruling that a conviction would unfairly impact the man’s future and career in the wine industry. A New Zealand court had already convicted and sentenced the once-successful businessman after he admitted ordering at ketamine, methamphetamine, and cocaine from a vendor on an ... Read More »

Judge Acquitted Teen Who Admitted Buying Fake Euros on the Darkweb

In a hearing at the Waiblinger District Court, a judge acquitted two young men who had been accused of purchasing counterfeit euro notes on the darkweb and using them throughout Germany. Even though one of the suspects admitted purchasing counterfeit eyes with Bitcoin, a conviction would have hindered a parallel investigation into the source of counterfeit euros in Stuttgart, the ... Read More »

Judge Orders Evidence Suppression Hearing in “Fentmaster” Case

A federal judge in New York, following a motion to suppress evidence filed by the attorney of an alleged dark web vendor, scheduled a pretrial suppression hearing that could drastically change the outcome of the case. Court documents revealed that federal investigators may have ignored the suspected drug dealer’s requests for an attorney during an interrogation that led to an ... Read More »

US Government can Seize Alleged Alphabay Owner’s Assets, Judge Rules

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto ruled in a recent memo that the United States federal government had completed all necessary steps required to take control of the millions of dollars in assets seized from the alleged owner and creator of Alphabay. The Eastern District of California Magistrate Judge wrote that the United States government had a right to millions ... Read More »