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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 »

DEA Arrests French Dream Vendor “OxyMonster”

According to DEA Special Agent Austin Love, probable cause existed to arrest a French citizen who has travelled to the United States to compete in a beard contest. The suspect, 38-year-old Gal Vallerius had landed at the Atlanta International Airport when law enforcement agents conducted a border search of Vallerius’s laptop. His laptop contained a private PGP key that belonged ... Read More »

DEA Arrests Two in “RCPowders” Research Chemical Raid

On August 29, DEA agents raided a drug lab in an apartment in Queens, New York City, New York. Wearing hazmat suits, agents from the DEA’s Newark Field Division arrested the apartment owner and the suspected drug dealer, 34-year-old Brian Parker. Meanwhile, at a separate location, officers arrested his suspected accomplice, 29-year-old Victoria Koleski. The duo, according to Acting US ... Read More »

DEA in Talks with iPhone Hacking Group

The United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently revealed to be in talks with an Israeli malware and hacking organization known as the NSO Group. The NSO Group has ties to the Israeli military and intelligence agencies. The Israeli malware company’s top selling product, Pegasus, is a backdoor for Apple iPhones and iPads. Pegasus can even infect the newest fully ... Read More »

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DEA Busts a Massive Fentanyl Supplier in Massachusetts

On July 24, Acting U.S. Attorney David Sierleja announced that DEA agents had recently taken down a fentanyl wholesaler in Massachusetts. The investigation involved drug shipments from China to Massachusetts. Then from Massachusetts to various locations throughout Ohio. To get this far, the team of DEA agents and an Ohio drug task force spent a year investigating a drug supplier ... Read More »

DEA Busted Former Alphabay Vendor “EtiKing”

Federal agents, after several months of investigation, arrested a EtiKing, a former Alphabay and Dream vendor. EtiKing a.k.a. Jeremy P. Achey became the target of an investigation after one of his customers died from an overdose. In reality, the DEA started investigating him after they took interest in one of the deaths; agents now believe EtiKing’s drugs may have caused ... Read More »

DEA Seized 50kg of Fentanyl Precursor in Massachusetts

At a storage facility in Massachusetts, the Drug Enforcement Administration seized 50 kilograms of N-Phenethyl-4-piperidinone aka NPP Law enforcement agencies and synthing forums know NPP as an integral piece of the puzzle when creating fentanyl and several of the analogs. And fittingly, the DEA placed NPP on a controlled precursor in 2007. The precursor is neither the only route to ... Read More »

DEA Says Four Recent Vendor Busts are Connected

In an odd series of once independently reported events, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that a fourth vendor has been charged in a string of related darknet cases. Upon first glance, the vendors appeared to have little in common, aside from appearing in the same press release. And really, even after taking a closer ... Read More »

DEA Busts a “Mystery Mix” Alphabay Vendor

In Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Joshua J. Kelly, a well known beheld on Alphabay. On May 11, 2017 law enforcement raided his shop, Heady Warez smoke shop after the DEA investigated a vendor known as “ustous.” Responses, thus far, have a unique element about them—one that does not come with many drug vendor arrests—at least ... Read More »

DEA Adds an Oral THC Spray to Schedule II

Insys Therapeutics Inc, the same company that was associated with the marijuana legalization campaign in 2016, pushed the FDA to examine and approve the medical use of their oral cannabinoid solution. The FDA approved the drug, delta-9-THC, under the Insys label “Syndros” in 2016. Now, as of mid-2017, the DEA, acting under the recommendation of the HHS and and suggestion ... Read More »

DEA Moves Synthetic Opiates into Schedule 1 Controlled Substances List

The DEA has recently added the synthetic opiate U-47700 to the Schedule 1 controlled substances list. With the majority of these new synthetic killers coming from overseas labs, the DEA sees this move as a way of combating the growing opiate abuse problem all parts of America have been facing. U-47700 is responsible for over 46 confirmed deaths this year ... Read More »

Delivery & Airline Company’s Employees Got Rich As DEA Informants, Report Says

According to a report by Justice Department’s inspector general, the DEA used its resources to pay confidential informants without suitable measures and used sources in ways that are against the Constitution. The DOJ (Department of Justice) released its 65-page report on Thursday questioning the use of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s funds paid to informants and recommending the agency to tighten ... Read More »

DEA Places Fentanyl Analog in Schedule I

Just days after we published news of DEA warnings about fentanyl’s danger, the Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a notice to “temporarily schedule the synthetic opioid, N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)-N-phenylfuran-2-carboxamide (furanyl fentanyl), into schedule I pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions of the Controlled Substances Act.” The DEA has taken the action, not surprisingly, “to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety,” and ... Read More »

After Pill Counterfeiting Lab Bust, DEA Warns Of Fentanyl’s Danger

In Utah, fentanyl is set to rapidly overshadow the current heroin epidemic. Naturally, law enforcement wants to be prepared for what could come. On September 13, 2016, U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber issued a warning regarding the threat fentanyl presents. In the press conference, he pointed to a case where a man was caught pressing fake oxycodone with fentanyl ... Read More »