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California Dealer Caught with 10K Alprazolam Pills

Following a two month investigation by a prescription drug task force in Ventura County, California, detectives conducted a traffic stop that led to the suspect’s arrest. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Ventura County Sheriff’s East County Street Narcotics Unit concluded, during their joint investigation, that 31-year-old Ryan Tallmadge had supplied Los Angeles and Ventura residents ... Read More »

Federal Authorities in California are Aggressively Targeting Alphabay and Silk Road Vendors

According to various court documents obtained by ArsTechnica, 11 vendors from large-scale dark web marketplaces Alphabay and Silkroad, which were shut down by the US law enforcement, are set to be sentenced by early 2018. One of the 11 vendors is David Ryan Burchard, a long-time vendor on Alphabay, Silkroad and many other dark web marketplaces. As one of the ... Read More »

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Customs Intercepts California Man’s Packages of Live King Cobras

On July 25, the Central District of California issued a press release that detailed the arrest of Rodrigo Franco, a 34-year-old California man. According to the criminal complaint, Franco imported king cobras and albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles. After the California man ordered the snakes from an online wildlife dealer, Customs and Border Protection intercepted the mail under the suspicion that ... Read More »

California Woman Sentenced for Shipping Pounds of Meth

In January, a California woman pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment that accused her of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The plea agreement outlined the terms and stipulations of the methamphetamine trafficking charges and sentencing guidelines. Kimberly Roxann Braun, the 43-year-old defendant, agreed to sign the plea in exchange for a minimum of ten years imprisonment ... Read More »

California Hospital Hit By Ransomware

Systems at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California have been offline for more than a week now due to a ransomware attack. The hackers are asking for 9,000 BTC which is about 3.6 million USD. Hospital president and CEO, Allen Stefanek has said that this attack is interfering with day-to-day operations. Stefanek has also made the statement that ... Read More »

California to backdoor encrypted cellphones

Assembly Member Jim Cooper introduced his bill (Assembly Bill 1681) last week which would make “A smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold or leased in California, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” presumably via a backdoor. This bill is very similar to the bill ... Read More »