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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 »

Australian Vendor Busted by New Darknet Taskforce

Australian Federal Police, alongside NSW Police, raided a darknet vendor in Sydney’s inner west. The 43-year-old sold drugs for two years prior to his arrest on June 29. Officials said that a highly successful investigation into online drug sales led to the man’s arrest. With the assistance of the Public Order and Riot Squad, officers arrested the man after raiding ... Read More »

Calvados: students deal with more than 10,000 ecstasy seals

30,000 Ecstasy Pills Seized Dutch Vendor Bust

Law enforcement authorities found an astonishing amount of drugs in a Dutchman’s apartment. The defendant is charged with the possession of narcotics. According to the Dutch news publication bndestem.nl, as the defendant was standing in the courtroom, the prosecutor detailed the amount of narcotics in his apartment. The prosecution used the police report: “It was like a post office,” the ... 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 Alphabay who sold stolen Australian ISP email logins, ... Read More »

DEA Busted Former Alphabay Vendor “EtiKing”

Federal agents, after several months of investigation, arrested a EtiKing, a former Alphabay and Dream vendor. EtiKing a.k.a. Jeremy P. Achey became the target of an investigation after one of his customers died from an overdose. In reality, the DEA started investigating him after they took interest in one of the deaths; agents now believe EtiKing’s drugs may have caused ... Read More »

Millionaire Alphabay Vendor Willingly Gave His Account to Feds

On June 9, a Homeland Security Investigations SA arrested an Alphabay vendor in Portland, Oregon. At the time, the vendor, Skylaar D. Ford, was on a post-release supervision program for a previous drug conviction. Despite being subject to the warrantless searches that came with probation and parole, Ford grossed more than one million dollars selling drugs on darknet markets. In ... Read More »

Handwriting Analysis Used to Identify Ohio Fentanyl Vendor

In May, federal law enforcement agencies were tasked with making undercover fentanyl purchases from darknet vendors. On May 30, a Homeland Security Agent found a listing leading to the arrest of a couple from Cincinnati, Ohio. According to the Criminal Complaint, the investigation into the couple’s activities involved a Homeland Security agent and an inspector from the United States Postal ... Read More »