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US Firearm Vendor Tried To Sell Gun To Customer, Got Jailed

Michael Ryan, a 36-year-old graduate from Kansas, US, was sentenced to 52 months in prison for running a vendor shop on the dark web. According to law enforcement authorities, the suspect sold weapons under the pseudo name ”Gunrunner” on the Black Market Reloaded (BMR) marketplace. During the investigation, law enforcement authorities discovered that Ryan sold a powerful Hi-Point handgun and ... 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 »

Darknet Weapons Vendor From Kansas Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division along with Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall of the District of Kansas announced the end of a darknet gunrunner case. A Kansas man Michael Andrew Ryan, aka Brad Jones and GunRunner, signed a plea deal to shorten his sentence—contingent upon information Ryan provided. According to the Department ... Read More »

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Dutch Silk Road Narcotics Vendor Faces Prison

The Public Prosecutor (OM) recommended a sentence of fifteen months (five months suspended) in prison for a 37-year-old from Groningen, the Netherlands for selling drugs on the Silk Road Marketplace. According to the OM, the suspect sold hard narcotics on the infamous Silk Road Marketplace. The 37-year-old used his own room at a residential building on the Oude Boteringestraat in ... Read More »

Belgian Amphetamine Vendor Sentenced to Forfeit 946 Bitcoins and Spend 40 Months in Prison

A Belgian court judge, last year, formally charged a 25-year-old computer programmer for running a million-dollar darknet operation from his family home. The 25-year-old—Stijn Victor, from Torhout, Belgium—ran a smooth network until a few simple mistakes caused his downfall. Shortly thereafter, hearings proceeded; the prosecution pushed for five years in prison, and the defense pushed for 300 hours of community ... Read More »

The Firearm Vendor Involved in the Munich Shooting Now Stands Trial in the Bavarian State Capital

In 2016, the events that followed the Munich shooting spiraled in several different directions. As soon as authorities announced that the 9mm Glock 17 and ammunition came from a darknet vendor, Germany’s darknet scene changed dramatically. Arrests started picking up. Police raided both suppliers and buyers on a constant basis. Then news spread regarding the 31-year-old darknet firearm vendor—the one ... Read More »

Vendor BlimeSub a.k.a BTH-Overdose busted

Emil Babadjov, the person behind the vendor aliases “Blime-Sub” and “BTH-Overdose,” was arrested and made his initial court appearance on December 14 2016, in San Francisco. According to the indictment he sold heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine on Alphabay with both accounts having combined over 2300 sales. This article will focus on how law enforcement investigated and eventually caught Babadjov. Since ... Read More »

The Trial Of The Swedish Vendor Group Started

In April, Swedish law enforcement authorities raided an apartment in Mariestad and arrested three men and a woman. Four persons were suspected of running a vendor shop on the dark web at the time. According to the Skaraborg District Court, the narcotics vendors made about five million SEK ($540,000) in profits by running their drug dealing operation on the dark ... Read More »

Upper Austria Vendor Group Arrested

Three men were arrested in Vöcklabruck, Austria who are suspected of running a vendor shop on the dark web. A 47-year-old and two 20-year-old men allegedly sold about one kilogram of amphetamines on the dark net. Police information says the trio was in business from September 2015 to November 2016. The vendor group dealt in bulk orders of amphetamines, they ... Read More »

Three Arrested In German Vendor Shop Bust

The Cybercrime Regional Center accused three suspects who are believed to be connected to a German vendor shop selling narcotics on a German language “Dark Net Market Forum.” A 31-year-old and a 54-year-old are charged with the distribution of drugs on the dark web while a 25-year-old is accused of buying illegal substances from the vendor shop for resale. According ... Read More »

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Ricin Vendor Found Not Guilty of Darknet Distribution, Seeking Acquittal of Theft Charges

The Uppsala University PhD student who had been accused of multiple crimes, including selling ricin on the darknet, has started an acquittal process. There was only enough evidence to convict the 27-year-old with theft from the university—nothing more. We wrote about the case in early November after the lead prosecutor spoke to the press regarding the case. He believed the ... Read More »

Irish Darknet Vendor Denied a Shorter Sentence at His Appeal Hearing

Neil Mannion and Richard O’Connor were jailed in 2014 for distributing drugs via the Agora and Silk Road marketplaces. Both Irishmen cooperated with the prosecution after their arrest, revealing details about the darknet and bitcoin. For this cooperation, one of the men requested a sentence reduction. The appeal was finally heard in court and subsequently denied. Both Mannion and O’Connor ... Read More »

Agora Vendor Sentenced to Four Years In Prison For MDMA Distribution

Postal workers in Washington intercepted several packages of MDMA and Xanax that led to the arrest of a darknet vendor. That vendor, Tristan Simpson Brennand, was arrested in December 2014, released on bond, and subsequently arrested again. On October 10, Brennand was sentenced to four years in prison for drug distribution. In a letter to the court, Brennand explained that ... Read More »