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German Darkweb Forum Owner to Appear in Court in November

The owner of the darkweb forum used by the Munich gunman faces charges in a 93-page indictment for providing a platform where users could buy and sell guns, drugs, and other illegal items. His charges stemmed from an investigation into the darkweb vendor who had given the Munich gunman the Glock 17 used in the murder of nine innocent civilians. ... Read More »

Owner and Administrator of Dark web Service Given Chance to Halt Extradition

The Supreme Court has given another chance for Eric Eoin Marques to halt his extradition after previous unsuccessful appeals. In a recent report, there has been a challenge to the Justice Ministry’s statutory role in extradition proceeding which can change how the system operates between Ireland and non EU countries. Marques earlier made efforts to block the extradition on the ... Read More »

Freedom Hosting Owner Loses Yet Another Appeal

The alleged owner of Freedom Hosting, Eric Eoin Marques, lost his appeal aimed at throwing a wrench in his extradition to the United States where he faces numerous “child pornography” charges. The Gardaí arrested the Dublin man in 2014 after the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation formally requested his arrest and extradition to the U.S. Since his arrest, Marques ... Read More »

German Darknet Forum Owner Free While Waiting for Trial

The owner of the former largest darknet forum in Germany, “Germany in the Deep Web,” just got released from pre-trial detention. For several reasons, this decision raised the eyebrows of some who followed the story. Those involved in the saga even spoke out in criticism of the court’s unusual move. The former forum operator, a 31-year-old IT student from Karlsruhe ... Read More »

Business Owner Accused of Smuggling Fentanyl Found Dead in Norwood Home

Reports from the Hamilton County Coroner’s office states that a Norwood woman who was accused of smuggling fentanyl passed away last week. Even though this death cannot be attributed as an overdose, it still adds up to the number of fentanyl-related deaths which keep going up every day. Grace Bosworth, 39, owner of Global to Local Languages, a Cincinnati translation ... Read More »

Sheep Marketplace Owner Gets Nine Years in Prison

  A court in the Czech Republic sentenced Tomáš Jiříkovský, the creator of the Sheep darknet marketplace, to serve nine years in prison for stealing bitcoins from the market’s users. According to the court, Jiříkovský stole bitcoin worth roughly 16 million crowns—the equivalent of $731,600 US dollars. The sentence also applies to his role as the owner of Sheep Marketplace ... Read More »

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Silk Road 3.1 “Got Hacked,” Owner Claims Bankruptcy

On July 19, another marketplace—one barely on the market list—exited the scene. The market that left, Silk Road 3.1, absconded in a classic exit scam. Many community members were surprised that Silk Road 3.1 had even existed, given that the Silk Road branding died years ago. SR 3.1 claimed someone had compromised the market and took off with the funds. ... Read More »

Kansas Pizza Shop Owner Indicted for Meth Trafficking

In June, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced a 35-count indictment that accused a pizza shop owner in Topeka of drug distribution. The shop owner, along with nine co-defendants, used the shop as a front for methamphetamine distribution, the indictment outlined. Adolfo Barragan-Rodriguez, owner of Pronto Pizza in Topeka, Kansas, used the restaurant as a base of operations. From within the ... Read More »

Authorities Bust Bloomsfield Market Owner in Slovakia

On May 4, Europol announced the arrest of a darknet vendor in Slovakia. With surprisingly little enthusiasm, they also revealed that Slovakian law enforcement seized computer equipment that, at one time, hosted a darknet marketplace. Europol compared information from the computer with their own information and confirmed that the darknet vendor also owned and maintained a darknet market. Police in ... Read More »

Sheep Marketplace Owner Indicted and Face Years in Prison

Prosecutors in the Czech Republic have indicted Thomas Jiřikovský, the owner of the Sheep Marketplace, and his wife Eve Bartošová. Thomas Jiřikovský is responsible for the largest exit scam in the history of darknet markets. Thomas has been indicted on charges related to theft and weapons and drug trafficking, and his wife Eve has been indicted on money laundering charges. ... Read More »

Owner of Four Illegal Online Pharmacies Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

In late May 2014 U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan announced that a federal grand jury in the Western District of Washington indicted seven people for illegally distributing narcotics through an online pharmacy. The group, according to the indictment, sold $9,000,000 worth of controlled substances to patients without a prescription. On January 26, 2016, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced the ... Read More »

Freedom Hosting Owner Files Another Appeal to Fight US Extradition

In December 2015, the High Court in Dublin ordered the extradition of Eric Eoin Marques, the accused-host of Freedom Hosting. The extradition of Marques, a 31-year-old Dublin man who held both Irish and US citizenships, halted pending two appeal cases. He appealed the extradition and that Ireland had no right to try him (and why the Director of Public Prosecutions ... Read More »

Update on the Case Against the Owner of the Sheep Marketplace

Sheep Marketplace was one of the online markets that gained popularity after the fall of Silk Road 1.0. The site’s alleged owner, Tomáš Jiřikovský, was arrested in March 2015 and little information has been released since his arrest, until now. Jan Danek, head of the South Moravian police’s economic division, spoke with a local news outlet on the investigation and ... Read More »