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German Authorities Arrested A Dark Web Vendor Group

German law enforcement identified and arrested three persons who allegedly sold narcotics on the dark web. According to the investigators, one of them acted with biological weapons and chemical substances. Recently, after a thorough and complex investigation, Cologne authorities identified and arrested three individuals who were suspected of selling drugs on the dark web. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) ... Read More »

Carinthian Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

In Carinthia, a 34-year-old received three years imprisonment for producing and selling counterfeit Euros on the darknet. In total, according to the Public Prosecutor, the Carinthian created more than 6,000 50-euro bills. The man had offered a fake driver’s license on the darknet and had several weapons in his home. The defendant had ordered many of the supplies in 2016. ... Read More »

Darknet Gun Vendor Apologizes for the Munich Massacre

The darknet gun vendor who sold a weapon to the Munich gunman, one year after the massacre, confessed. Philipp K., the vendor, admitted to selling David Sonboly a Glock 17 and ammunition. He said, in his opening statement, that had he known David Sonboly truly planned “such an atrocious act,” he would not have sold him the gun. Philipp faces ... Read More »

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Alphabay Fentanyl Vendor “NarcoBoss” Connected to Three More Overdoses

Henry Koffie aka NarcoBoss, a Pennsylvania Alphabay vendor, faces drug distribution charges in connection with an Oregon teenager’s overdose. The customer had used fentanyl, Xanax, and alcohol in unison when he died, the state medical examiner’s office reported. They opted out of identifying the victim. Law enforcement said they planned to connect NarcoBoss to other drug overdoses in the area ... Read More »

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Alphabay Vendor “PeterTheGreat” to Face a Judge in August

In April, federal law enforcement agencies arrested the drug dealers behind the Alphabay vendor profile “PeterTheGreat.” The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and Homeland Security Investigations led the operation the darknet vendor after a U-47700 (U4) overdose in Portland, Oregon. Now, in mid August, South Carolina courts are preparing to deal with both defendants at their first real hearing. ... Read More »

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Pennsylvania Grand Jury Indicts an Alphabay Carfentanil Vendor

A grand jury indictment from August 1 accused an Alphabay vendor of conspiracy to distribute two drugs, along with the distribution of another three. The vendor, a Florida resident known as “Gman19635” on Alphabay and Robert M. Gilner by the United States government, faces a maximum sentence of a lifetime in prison, and a mandatory minimum based on his priors ... Read More »

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Timeline: Feds Bust Massive Alphabay Vendor “HumboldtFarms”

On August 8, a Homeland Security Investigations officer signed a completed arrest warrant, signalling that he had arrested William James Farber in Los Angeles, California. Farber, a 37-year-old convicted felon, had operated—along with six co-conspirators—one of of the most successful Alphabay vendor accounts in existence. At the group’s peak, they shipped 1,000 packages every week. Not only had Farber sold ... Read More »

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Alphabay Glock Vendor Admits to Firearm Deals from 2016

On July 27, an Indiana man admitted to his role in weapon trafficking in connection with Alphabay arms trafficking. Benjamin Donald Brunni—a 19-year-old from Greensburg, Indiana—drove from Indiana to New Jersey to sell an Alphabay buyer 10 firearms. Law enforcement, as often the case in weapons deals, had posed as the Alphabay buyer, and ultimately trapped Brunni. Brunni, along with ... Read More »

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Silk Road Vendor CaliConnect Admits Marijuana Distribution

The darknet vendor known for using the password “asshole209” to decrypt messages—David Ryan Burchard—recently pleaded guilty to drug distribution that dated as far back as the Silk Road era. He admitted his guilt regarding the conspiracy to distribute marijuana charge and the possession with intent to distribute charge. The charges, of course, pertained to Burchard’s darknet activities. He sold (mainly) ... Read More »

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Alphabay Vendor “Area51” aka “DarkApollo” Sentenced to 6.5 Years

  On July 24, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced the sentencing of Abudullah Almashwali aka one half of “DarkApollo” and “Area51.” Almashwali, along with Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, his co-defendant, sold heroin and cocaine on the former darknet marketplace known as Alphabay. Although the duo were taken down by law enforcement at the same time, only Almashwali received his prison ... Read More »

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Fentanyl Vendor “NarcoBoss” Busted in Philadelphia

  On July 5, federal agents arrested “Narcoboss,” an Alphabay fentanyl vendor from SouthWest Philadelphia. The vendor “was a top-10 target,” according to a Department of Homeland Security Investigations agent. Koffie faces drug trafficking charges and charges associated with distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. Special Agent Eric J. Yingling filed the Criminal Complaint affidavit and application for an ... Read More »

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Glock Vendor Headed to Trial for Role in Munich Shootings

In late 2016, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of Frankfurt charged a darknet weapons vendor with negligent homicide and negligent bodily harm. The vendor—known as Philipp K., a 32-year-old from Marburg—admitted providing Ali David Sonboly, the Munich gunman, with a Glock 17. The Prosecutor’s Office had, at the time, charged the vendor with only weapon crimes. Roughly one year after ... Read More »

Dealers in India Busted, Resold Drugs from US Vendor

On July 2, Hyderabad police arrested three men for LSD and MDMA importation and distribution. The men ordered the drugs from a darknet supplier in Chicago and then distributed them amongst dozens of dealers. The dealers, in turn, spread the drugs throughout Hyderabad and Secunderabad where college students and members of the film industry. Police arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, Abdul Wahed, ... Read More »

Tudge: Vendor Has a ‘Small Number’ of Medicare Numbers

In July, a Guardian journalist, Paul Farrell, reported that he had recently bought his Medicare number from a darknet market vendor. Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, called the theft a “traditional” one not a cybersecurity breach. He then called upon the Australian Federal Police for assistance. Farrell found a vendor on (the now non existant) Alphabay who sold stolen Australian ... Read More »

Russian Supplier, Vendor, and Reseller Busted Back-to-Back

In Russia, drug dealer arrests occur at an increasing rate. During 2017, hardly a day passed by without a significant drug bust. One connected to online drug sales, more specifically. In late June, within only a matter of days, Russian police made a vendor arrest, a reseller arrest, and one major supplier arrest. Unlike the marketplaces in many countries, the ... Read More »