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German Dealer Sentenced to 45 Months After Informing on His Customers

In late August, a judge in Germany sentenced a 47-year-old man from Enschede to three years and nine months in prison for selling drugs on the dark web under the name “Johnny Cash.” According to information provided by law enforcement, the man informed on numerous co-conspirators, customers, and even an owner of the darknet marketplace he had been using to ... Read More »

Arkansas Man Sentenced to 96 Months for Downloading Child Pornography

In an Arkansas courtroom, Judge Timothy L. Brooks sentenced a Springdale man to 96 months in federal prison for downloading and viewing child abuse content from dark web forums and other file sharing networks. The case made headlines for the usual reasons and, perhaps, for an unusual reason; the convicted pedophile stored child abuse content on an SD card in ... Read More »

Britons Loses 2 Million Pounds to Crypto Frauds in Two Months

The United Kingdom has suffered from one of the most common crimes associated with cryptocurrency growth, having lost £2 million to hackers. A project embarked by the United Kingdom police unit called ActionFraud revealed that hackers used deceptive means to lure people into their trap. On April 11, the ActionFraud group issued a warning to the general public about mouth-watery ... Read More »

New York Man Sentenced to 20 Months for MDMA Importation

A man from Rochester, New York, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for importing approximately 237 grams of MDMA from a supplier in Germany between March 23, 2017, and March 31, 2017. New York Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested the man on March 31, 2017, for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. A press release from the U.S. ... Read More »

Alphabay Employee “Trappy” Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison

Only months after the alleged owner of Alphabay had died in a prison cell in Thailand, the United States found and indicted the Alphabay staff member “Trappy.” On August 1, 2018, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May sentenced the Alphabay to almost four years in prison for conspiracy to commit access device fraud. U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May sentenced ... Read More »

“Publicity Stunt” Kidnapper Sentenced to 201 Months in Prison

An Italian court sentenced Lukasz Herba to 16 years and nine months in prison for kidnapping former Instagram model Chloe Ayling in Milan, Italy. The Polish man, according to Ayling’s statements, had lured her to Italy for a nonexistent photoshoot and then kidnapped her. Herba, along with other assailants, told her they worked as hitmen and mercenaries for a human ... Read More »

Bulk MDMA Importer Headed to Prison for 30 Months

A Lithuanian man attempted to smuggle almost 10 kilograms of MDMA into Northern Ireland through the mail, an announcement from the UK’s National Crime Agency explained. At a hearing in early June, a judge at Newry Crown Court sentenced the man to two and a half years in prison. NCA officers arrested the defendant, Lukas Urbutis, 25, at his home ... Read More »

Raleigh Xanax Vendor Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison

Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced a Raleigh man to more than six years in federal prison for producing alprazolam pills and selling them on the darknet. According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., Matthew Lee Yensan, 25, received a sentence of six years and six ... Read More »

Irish Student Jailed 15 Months for Possessing Child Porn

Conor Emmet, a young Brit has pleaded guilty at a Dublin Circuit Court to charges of possessing graphic child pornography on his 2 personal computers. Emmet, of Northway Estate Finglas, popped up on the Irish police radar in an FBI operation of monitoring a dark web forum named ‘Playpen’ after one person was busted in the United States. The 20-year-old’s ... Read More »

Darknet Child Abuse Site Member Sentenced to 60 Months

U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced a Purcellville man to 60 months in prison for sharing and downloading thousands of pictures and videos depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Although the majority of child abuse cases in the United States that have involved the darknet have centered around the Federal Bureau ... 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 »

Australian University offering Dark Web classes to IT students

The first ever university program in Australia on the famous dark web has been launched, with over 80 percent of IT and cybersecurity students nominating the dark web unit as their first subject. Charles Sturt University (CSU) in partnership with an industry based organization launched an online masters program class for the school of computer science and mathematics. The University ... Read More »

Texas Meth Trafficker Sentenced to 96 Months in Prison

According to Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning, a 42-year-old Texas man received a 96 month prison sentence for selling methamphetamine and GHB through various online shops. United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Patrick Brian Mobley, one of the conspirators in a much larger drug trafficking conspiracy. Mobley disguised his drug sales ... Read More »

Kentucky Man Sentenced to 87 Months in PlayPen Case

As a result of a “nationwide operation conducted by the FBI” that investigated child abusers and downloaders of child pornography on the darknet, 29-year-old Craig T. Anderson will spend the next 87 months in federal prison. In 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving child pornography. FBI Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess and Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States ... Read More »