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Highland Heights’ darknet fentanyl dealer sentenced to 12 years

On October 31, a Highland Heights darknet fentanyl dealer was sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. Alec Steinberger, 22, pleaded guilty during a detention hearing held on August 1, to three federal charges of drug trafficking and seven counts of using a phone to conduct a drug trafficking offense. One of ... Read More »

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Finnish Police Quietly Seize a Darknet Imageboard

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation and Customs recently seized a Finnish hidden service called Sipulikanava, an anonymous and majority uncensored imageboard. In 2015, Criminal Commissioner Juha Korhonen said that Finnish police planned to crack down on Sipulikanava and, along with it, Silkkitie aka Valhalla Market. Like the landing pages of other hidden services seized by the government, Sipulikanava now prominently ... Read More »

New DEA Report Covers Bitcoin Money Laundering and Darknet Drug Trade

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Department of Justice recently jointly released their National Drug Threat Assessment for this year. In the new report, the DEA mentions the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for money laundering, as well as drug trafficking through darknet markets. The DEA’s Strategic Intelligence Section creates a new drug threat ... Read More »

Darknet Gun Seller Sentenced to Five Months in Austria

Towards the end of October, Spain’s Guardia Civil department arrested a former Alphabay firearm vendor. With cooperation from Europol, international law enforcement agencies also arrested six of the vendor’s customers. The investigation led to the discovery that the 24-year-old vendor had shipped weapons to at least 30 customers in 11 countries. Several days after the announcement, a Salzburg judge convicted ... Read More »

Three German Darknet Dealers Sentenced to Probation

On October 18, a Saarland court passed down unusually mild sentences to three so-called “darknet dealers.” The men had distributed mushrooms, LSD, heroin, and amphetamine for several months before their arrest, the police said. After authorities intercepted packages addressed to one of the three dealers, they raided the suspect’s apartment and struck gold: the feathers had maintained whiteboards with active ... Read More »

US Attorney General Says Use of Bitcoin on the Darknet is a Big Problem

During a recent Department of Justice oversight hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified about the concerns federal law enforcement have about the use of cryptocurrency on the darknet. The Attorney General’s remarks on the darknet were in response to a question from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Senator Feinstein’s question ... Read More »

Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted in an international drug trafficking investigation. The two Chinese men who were indicted include 38 year old Jian Zhang and 40 year old Xiaobing Yan. Both men were indicted on charges of trafficking fentanyl into the United States. Law enforcement claims that the two men had made transactions on the darknet to American and ... Read More »

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Man Abused His Stepdaughter, Shared Pictures on Darknet Forums

In Traunstein, Germany, a judge at the Traunstein District Court sentenced a 28-year-old man for child abuse and spreading pictures and videos of the abuse on the darknet. Judge Klaus Weidmann found the defendant guilty of 29 counts of the sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and production of child pornography. The judge ordered a prison sentence of ... Read More »

Darknet Buyer Sentenced After Customs Spotted His Mail

In Lower Austria, a judge at the regional court St. Pölten sentenced a 29-year-old from Wölbling to serve one year in prison for ordering packages of amphetamine paste from the darknet. The sentence, as with several minor darknet drug sentences in countries outside the United States, was suspended for one year of government supervision. The convicted darknet buyer explained that ... Read More »

Canadian Law Enforcement Bust Two Darknet Vendors

In Kelowna, Canada, law enforcement rounded up two suspected carfentanil dealers as part of an operation known as “Project E-Neophile.” The suspects have allegedly been selling fentanyl and carfentanil on the darknet. According to the RCMP, the dealers operated part of Canada’s most “sophisticated drug organization” responsible for the distribution of the hyper potent opioids. The suspects, James Nelson and ... Read More »

2 Canadians Arrested in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Canadians have been arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for distributing fentanyl and carfentanil through darknet markets. The Kelowna Royal Canadian Mounted Police worked with law enforcement agencies across Canada including the Calgary Police, as well as agencies in the United States such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and law enforcement in Australia, in an international investigation ... Read More »

Task Force Argos Operated a Darknet Child Abuse Forum for 11 Months

With striking similarity to the US FBI’s takeover of the darknet child abuse forum PlayPen, Australian police triggered arrests across the globe after spending nearly a year secretly running the forum. Investigative journalists with VG, a Norwegian newspaper, unintentionally stumbled upon the secret operation while investigating the massive child exploitation forum known as Childs Play. While investigating the site, one ... Read More »