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Canadian Police Bust Massive Dream Vendor “Mr Hotsauce”

According to an announcement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), a “prolific drug trafficker” landed in police custody after an investigation into thousands of drug transactions that connected to a single drug operation. The RCMP ended the career of one of the largest fentanyl vendors in Canada. Towards the end of the month of May, the RCMP SOC rounded ... Read More »

Utah: Three Enter Guilty Pleas in the PharmaMaster Case

Three people pleaded guilty to helping the now-infamous darknet vendor “Pharma-Master” distribute fentanyl and alprazolam from his Cottonwood Heights homes. While the three individuals played much less important roles than the two leaders of the Utah-based drug trafficking operation, federal prosecutors pursued the indictment just the same. The first two now-convicted drug traffickers were first named in the first superseding ... Read More »

Chicago Woman Denies Hiring a Hitman on the Darknet

Tina E. Jones, 31, entered a plea of not guilty to solicitation of murder and attempted murder at the DuPage County court, court documents revealed. In April, Chicago law enforcement arrested Jones after she had allegedly arranged for the assassination of a romantic rival through a fraudulent “murder-for-hire “ site on the darknet. According to the information revealed after the ... Read More »

Pedophile Caught in Homeland Security Operation Sentenced to Prison

According to an announcement from John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, a district court judge sentenced a Connecticut, man to five years in prison for possessing hundreds of pictures and videos that depicted child abuse. The defendant, a 61-year-old from Shelton, Connecticut, named Michael Hull, had been downloading child abuse material on the darknet when ... Read More »

Fentanyl Dealer to Spend Two Decades in Prison

An announcement from United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon of the US Attorney’s Office of the District of South Carolina revealed that a Charleston district judge had sentenced a fentanyl dealer to 20 years in prison for distribution of fentanyl that resulted in death. After the incarceration, the defendant—a 61-year-old—will spend another five years on federal supervision. The defendant, Robert ... Read More »

Isle of Man Suspect Downloaded the Worst Child Abuse Content Available

A 24-year-old from Castletown, Isle of Man, downloaded the most severe child abuse videos from the darknet, a Magistrates heard after deciding they lacked the ability to adequately sentence the suspect. Magistrates believed the maximum sentence they could impose—six months in custody—would not have served as a harsh enough punishment. And as a result, in July, the man will attend ... Read More »

NSW Man Busted for Role in an International Darknet Drug Operation

An operation focused on a group of international darknet drug traffickers led to the arrest of the alleged Australian arm of the drug syndicate, an announcement from New South Wales police revealed. Dozens of package seizures led to the suspect’s arrest and indictment with 45 counts of charges connected to drug distribution, importation, and conspiracy. In February 2018, investigators from ... Read More »

Six Teenagers on Trial for Darknet Distribution Operation

At the Coburg Regional Court, a group of six teenagers faced charges connected to a massive darknet drug operation. Officials have called the case “exceptional “ due to the abnormalities seen in the business model and scale of an operation allegedly headed by someone so young. The main defendant—an 18-year-old—allegedly controlled the group’s supply of drugs through contacts in the ... Read More »

Sneek Man Keeps Getting Arrested in Darknet Drug Busts

In November 2017, DeepDotWeb covered the investigation and arrest of several individuals who had allegedly been laundering Bitcoin and selling ecstasy and marijuana on the darknet. Some of the suspected dealers had been arrested two years prior for growing marijuana. Less than one year later, two of the same suspects landed in police custody for distributing marijuana. The story truly ... Read More »

Bulk MDMA Importer Headed to Prison for 30 Months

A Lithuanian man attempted to smuggle almost 10 kilograms of MDMA into Northern Ireland through the mail, an announcement from the UK’s National Crime Agency explained. At a hearing in early June, a judge at Newry Crown Court sentenced the man to two and a half years in prison. NCA officers arrested the defendant, Lukas Urbutis, 25, at his home ... Read More »

Man Sentenced to Probation for Ordering Drugs from the Darknet

At the Feldkirch Regional Court, a 36-year-old eligible for probation faced a panel of judges for sentencing in his second drug importation case within two years. Officials recognized that the defendant had been struggling with amphetamine addiction and that he had been making an effort to end his use of illegal substances. The court acted “with mercy” and sentenced the ... Read More »

18.06.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

Silk Road “Right-Hand Man” Extradited to the United States The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York announced the extradition of Roger Clark, the suspected “right-hand man” of the Silk Road marketplace. Previous investigations by prominent darknet researchers identified Clark as the owner of the “Variety Jones,” “Plural of Mongoose,” and “Cimon” accounts on the Silk Road ... Read More »

German Police Arrest Two Suspected Darknet Dealers

In the town of Bad Nauheim in the Hesse state of Germany, narcotics officers with the Wetterau Criminal Police Department arrested two suspected darknet drug dealers they had been investigating for several months. Investigators had opened an investigation into the couple for suspected darknet drug distribution. The investigation paid off during the execution of an apartment search; the police uncovered ... Read More »

Childs Play Member Admits Guilt in Canadian Court

Canadian law enforcement played a significant role in the capture and incarceration of one of the two owners of the former darknet child abuse forum “Childs Play” and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have routinely demonstrated their willingness to keep children safe. While both MagicKingdom and Childs Play thrived as darknet child abuse sites, the user “Steps” concerned the police; ... Read More »

Fentanyl Analogue Dealer Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison

United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt sentenced a 33-year-old Riverside man to 312 months in federal prison for trafficking acetyl fentanyl. Because the drug operation led to at least one fatal overdose, the defendant faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years. The charges only involved a single fatal overdose, but investigators connected several more deaths to the ... Read More »