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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 »

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Valhalla Market Compromised: Finnish Customs Allegedly Identified Hundreds of Valhalla Users

According to a press release issued by Finnish Customs on August 17, a Customs investigation had “exposed” a large-scale drug trafficking network. The network—or in this case, drug trafficking organization—operated from within Finland. From there, they distributed their products to buyers both in Finland and across the globe. Central to the operation was the darknet marketplace known as “Valhalla” or ... 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 »

Swiss Customs Chief: Germany Needs A Financial Police

Recently, Frank Bruckenhofer, Chairman of the Customs Department of the Trade Union of the Swiss Confederation, pointed out in Berlin that Germany needs a Financial Police. Bruckenhofer said that the customs are in a “disastrous condition” in the fight against crime. According to the customs official, the only reason why the disaster was prevented is the high motivation of the ... Read More »

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

French Arrested After Customs Intercepted A Package Containing Ecstasy

A few days ago, law enforcement authorities arrested a young man from Nantes, France for ordering ecstasy pills from the Netherlands. According to the French news outlet 20minutes.fr, a young man in his twenties was detained on May 26 after customs intercepted a package containing ecstasy pills arriving from the Netherlands. The prosecution considers charging the suspect with the importation ... Read More »

Customs Searching Doubled Numbers of Electronics

According to a new report from Customs and Border Protection (and Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the border searches of phones and laptops nearly doubled since the previous year. The Customs and Border Protection report, revealed an increase of about 80 percent in the first six months of the DHS fiscal year. Device searches rose from 8,383 in October to 14,993 ... Read More »

US Customs Officer Charged with Cocaine Importation

In a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak formally arraigned a former United States Customs and Border Protection employee for cocaine importation. The indictment and criminal complaint accused the CBP employee—Fernando Marte—of “conspiring to import, and with importing, more than five kilograms of Cocaine from the Dominican Republic.” The complaint achieved that the criminal ... Read More »

Canada Introduces Bill Allowing Customs to Open All Packages

In 2016, law enforcement in Canada—the Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP—seized a kilogram package of carfentanil. The word spread quickly, especially after RCMP hosted a press release about carfentanil and other opioids entering Canada through the mail system. Like many US government officials, police blamed exploits in the mailing infrastructure. As a result, the Canadian government introduced a bill ... Read More »

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New Zealand Customs Report Reveals Record High Drug Seizures

C. Aliens New Zealand Customs Report Reveals Record High Drug Seizures According to recent reports from New Zealand Customs, drug seizures are at an all time high. The reports covered the first eight months of the year. Thus far, Customs seized 15% more packages than in 2015. Fourfold the number of packages in 2014. The Official Information Act by Customs ... Read More »

Monitoring Of Bitcoin Customs seizures

Looking through the public notice of Customs seizures, there is something rather strange: Scroll to page 565- there is a seizure for a number of gold tokens marked “Bitcoin”. All circumstances seem to support that these coins were most likely novelty coins. Just search Google for “novelty gold bitcoin”, many items come up, supplied mainly from China. In all probability ... Read More »