Former Dream Market Senior Moderator Gal Vallerius received a date for his next court appearance. Vallerius has been in federal custody ever since landing in the United States on August 31. The alleged darknet market moderator and vendor faces drug distribution conspiracy charges in the Southern District of Florida.
According to the DEA agent responsible for the investigation, Vallerius worked as a moderator on the Dream marketplace under the pseudonym “OxyMonster.” He also, the agent wrote in the criminal complaint, sold drugs on both Dream and TradeRoute marketplaces. DEA Special Agent Austin Love opened an investigation into Vallerius after investigating other darknet vendors like DigitalPossi2014, and MethForDummies.
It had apparently taken the DEA nine months to connect the dots between the “OxyMonster” vendor account and the “OxyMonster” moderator account. Once they made that connection, they reportedly traced a Bitcoin address on OxyMonster’s Dream profile to a Bitcoin address on a LocalBitcoins account under the 35-year-old’s last name. Investigators then searched social media and other channels for profiles that matched “Vallerius.” Of course, the entire narrative has room for the usual parallel discovery, but the social networking part checked out. Before someone deleted many of the accounts, a “Vallerius” LocalBitcoins account existed and only a few Google searches connected Vallerius to Gal Vallerius’ Twitter, Instagram, and website. We do not know if the Bitcoin address (1DREAMv7kl6T8bMyE7ghe4nLQVSdBbPJAe) was actually listed on OxyMonster’s Dream profile, though.
The suspected drug dealer had vendor accounts on Alphabay, Hansa, Evolution, TradeRoute, Dream, Nucleus, and Valhalla. And the vendor behind those accounts, before fully adopting the OxyMonster monicker, had formerly exit scammed under the username “Vendeep.”
Since his August arrest, French authorities have been working with the US DEA to seize his overseas assets. Given that Vallerius landed in the Atlanta airport with a laptop that held a Bitcoin wallet with $500,000 in Bitcoin and details that connected him to his Dream profile. Overseas, French authorities raided his houses. In his Plusquellec home, they found 50,000 euros and bags of cocaine. At the request of the magistrate judge in the Florida court, French police seized his houses in Saint-Guen, Plouray, and Plusquellec. He reportedly has another house in Crete.
Vallerius needed $250,000 to get released on bail at his October bail hearing, but was unable to come up with the funds. Probably because US government seized all of them. He will reappear in court on December 11. Anthony Natale, Vallerius’s current attorney, said they planned to enter a not guilty plea.