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Alphabay Vendor “Zane61” Pleaded Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution

On August 8, a father and son from Staten Island, New York, pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl and other opioids through the dark web. The duo sold several fentanyl analogues, oxycodone, and fentanyl itself. According to information revealed in court, the father and son also admitted selling controlled substances that led to one buyer’s non-fatal overdose. The United States Attorney ... Read More »

Alphabay Spokesperson ‘Trappy’ Pleaded Guilty to Fraud

The Alphabay staff member “Trappy” aka Ronald L. Wheeler III pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Federal authorities called his guilty plea a win against criminal activity on the darknet. Wheeler, under the name “Trappy” or “Trappy_AB,” started working for Alexandre Cazes around May 25, 2015. Cazes hired the Atlanta man to work ... Read More »

Raleigh Man Pleaded Guilty to Darknet Xanax Distribution

In Raleigh, North Carolina, 25-year-old Matthew Lee Yensan pleaded guilty to several different charges related to darknet alprazolam distribution. In 2017, the DEA received a tip that a Raleigh man had been producing ‘Xanax’ pills and selling them on the darknet. The DEA then raided Yensan’s house and a storage unit in his name. They found massive quantities of the ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendor ‘Courvoisier’ Pleaded Guilty to UK Hacking Charges

Grant West, a 25-year-old UK man, has pleaded guilty to stealing customer details from 17 major websites and reselling the information on the darknet. He admitted attacking Uber, T-Mobile, Groupon, Vitality, Coral Betting, AO.com, the British Cardiovascular Society, Mighty Deals Limited, Truly Experiences Ltd, Ladbrokes, Asda, Argos, Nectar, M R Porter, RS Feva Class Association 2017, Just Eat, and Sainsburys. ... Read More »

Chesapeake Man Pleaded Guilty in Darknet CP Investigation

On September 12, a Chesapeake man pleaded guilty to downloading “hundreds of thousands” of images depicting child abuse. The pictures, according to court documents, came from a darknet bulletin board. McClung, a 64-year-old Virginia resident, landed in the scope of a Homeland Security Investigations case in 2015. Agents arrested him last year. According to court documents, Homeland Security Investigations opened ... Read More »

Woman Pleaded Guilty in $6.6m Cannabinoid Conspiracy

On May 4, the Acting United States Attorney in Missouri, Tom Larson, announced a guilty plea in a major federal synthetic cannabinoid case. Sheila Marie Nawaz, like others caught in the same case, pleaded guilty to mail fraud. She admitted mailing close to 2,500 packages of legal cannabinoids to locations in the United States. The report included proceeds of over ... Read More »

International Hacker Pleaded Guilty Hacking 13,000 Computers

In Newark, New Jersey, the administrator of two so-called “hacking forums” pleaded guilty to two charges from a six-count indictment. The administrator end International hacker admitted that he committed wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in New Jersey and many known and unknown locations in the United States. The hacker/admin, Sergey Vovnenko, worked with an international criminal investigation from 2010 ... Read More »

Silk Road Vendor Pleaded Guilty to Drug Distribution in Fatal Overdose Case

Kevin Campbell, a drug treatment worker from Chicago pleaded guilty to the distribution of controlled substances via the Silk Road marketplace. After a one-year investigation between 2013 and 2014, Chicago law enforcement raided Campbell’s Chicago home and found further evidence to connect the suspect to a 2013 crime in Bellevue, Washington. In August 2013, Washington emergency response crews attended a ... Read More »

Ohio Man Pleaded Guilty to Selling Fentanyl From China that Resulted in a Fatal Overdose

In 2015, a 36-year-old from Akron, Ohio, sold fentanyl that resulted in the death of an unidentified Akron fentanyl-user. Leroy Shuarod Steele, one of the three defendants named in the indictment, admitted that he sold the fentanyl. Steele’s guilty plea, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, is “likely” to bring a 20-year prison sentence. ... Read More »

Another Operation Pacifier Suspect Pleaded Guilty Again After Withdrawing the First Plea

Years ago, the FBI began investigating darknet child pornography viewers, sharers, and a whole dragnet of unrelated individuals. The legality of the case and more importantly the validity of the evidence the FBI obtained faced scrutiny from both sides of the law. Federal judges ruled both for and against the use of the illegal Network Investigative (NIT) on the defendants ... Read More »

Bulgarian Captured in Avalanche Sting Pleaded Not Guilty to the Whole Indictment

Krasimir Nikolov, a 44-year-old from Bulgaria, is one of the individuals arrested in the international Avalanche bust in December. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania filed an indictment that charged Nikolov with unauthorized access to a computer to obtain financial information, four counts of bank fraud, and conspiracy. On December 22, Nikolov pleaded not guilty to ... Read More »

Irish Dark Net Market Vendor Couple Pleaded Guilty

Neil Mannion (34) and Richard O’Connor (34), from Dublin, pleaded guilty for dark net related drug charges. The pair has been selling drugs on Agora and Silkroad and were in possession of €143,000 worth of drugs at a garda raid in south Dublin in October 2014. Both men pleaded guilty to possession of LSD, amphetamine and cannabis resin with the ... Read More »

Silk Road Vendor Caligirl Pleaded Guilty

Matthew Jones, a/k/a “Caligirl,” “Dynamite2k,” “Dynamite,” “Tyler Zeddai,” Who was arrested and charged with the illegal distribution of controlled substances, If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  Jones was arrested last night in Fort Lauderdale.  Previous coverage: Vendor “Caligirl” Busted: Charged With Selling Drugs On Silk Road & Bitmessage Vendor CALIGIRL Criminal Complaint Excerpts ... Read More »

Vendor “SuperTrips” Pleaded Guilty For Selling Large Amounts On Silk Road

Following the story we have reported a couple of weeks ago and As it was published today by the Chicago Tribune: The largest drug trafficker on the now-shuttered underground Silk Road website pleaded guilty today in Chicago to distributing huge quantities of Ecstasy, cocaine and other illegal substances to customers around the world in exchange for millions of dollars worth of the ... Read More »