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Massachusetts Man Guilty of Drug Importation

In a federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, a Palmer man pleaded guilty to his role in illegally importing controlled substances for a Pakistani drug company. According to court documents, 64-year-old Harry Aliengena ordered thousands of drugs from overseas and redistributed them to the company’s so-called customers. Aliengena pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import controlled substances, two counts of felony importation ... Read More »

Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Bulk Buying Cannabis off The Dark Web.

Postal service providers play a big role in the dark web drug trade; they facilitate delivery of drug packages unknowingly. Dependence on postal services to deliver packages has proven to be a big challenge to dark web drug trade, as postal inspectors have been intercepting mailed packages leading to arrests and subsequent prosecution of alleged package owners. Jesse McMahon, 25, ... Read More »

Man Guilty of an Ordering an Explosive from the Darknet

A court in the UK convicted a 19-year-old man of attempting to import an explosive device from the darknet with intent to cause harm. Gurtej Randhawa ordered a remote-detonated explosive device from a contact on the darknet, the National Crime Agency’s Armed Operations Unit (NCA AOU) said. But Randhawa never received the device. Instead, the NCA AOU intercepted the package ... Read More »

Man Pleads Guilty to Importing Drugs through Darkweb

43-year-old Viliam ‘Bill’ Petkovski, an active user of the old Silk Road market faced the Geelong County Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to importing dangerous drugs through the Darknet market to Geelong. Petkovski had been a familiar suspect of the Darknet drug trade until his arrest, and it was revealed that he used the old Silk Road market to ... Read More »

Birmingham Man Guilty of 137 Online Sexual Exploitation Charges

A 28-year-old Cambridge University graduate pleaded guilty to more than 130 charges of distributing child abuse content on the darknet, sexual exploitation, and even encouraging the rape of a four-year-old. He frequently manipulated victims by posing as a female artist and convincing victims to send compromising images of themselves. After receiving the images, the UK’s NCA explained, he gathered information ... Read More »

Playpen Member Guilty of Receiving Child Pornography

On September 19, Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced that a 41-year-old Jacksonville man had been found guilty of receiving images of child abuse from the darknet. The charge and subsequent guilty verdict connected to activity on Playpen, the notorious darknet “child pornography” forum. According to court documents—none of which, notably, mentioned Playpen by name—the FBI identified the ... Read More »

Fifteenth Defendant in Ongoing a-PVP Investigation Pleads Guilty

Following a fourth wave of indictments in a multi-year drug investigation, a Pennsylvania man became the fifteenth defendant to enter a guilty plea for the distribution of alpha-pvp. The case, led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), brought charges against suspects as early as 2013. The ongoing federal investigation tracked alpha-pvp traffickers across the United States that had imported the drug ... Read More »

Chesapeake Man Pleaded Guilty in Darknet CP Investigation

On September 12, a Chesapeake man pleaded guilty to downloading “hundreds of thousands” of images depicting child abuse. The pictures, according to court documents, came from a darknet bulletin board. McClung, a 64-year-old Virginia resident, landed in the scope of a Homeland Security Investigations case in 2015. Agents arrested him last year. According to court documents, Homeland Security Investigations opened ... Read More »

Memphis Man Guilty of Ordering Meth and Alprazolam

In early September, Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the conviction of a Memphis man for drug distribution crimes. The defendant, a 52-year-old named Duane Anthony Rouch, had trafficked and manufactured illegal substances through the darknet, using “cryptocurrencies”. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) tipped off Memphis Homeland Security (“ICE”) about incoming packages ... Read More »

Malware Tech Arrested for Creating the Kronos Banking Trojan Pleads Not Guilty

MalwareTech or MalwareTechBlog known in real life as Marcus Hutchins, the 22-year-old British security expert who gained international recognition after he stopped the WannaCry ransomware outbreak on Monday pleaded not guilty in a US court to charges of creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan, a malware which was designed to steal people’s online banking details. Marcus Hutchins was arrested ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

Large-Scale FBI Dark Web Child Porn Investigation Sees Progress, 1 Pleads Guilty

On May 20, DeepDotWeb reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested over 900 user of PlayPen, a darknet child pornography marketplace, after the initial arrest of its administrators and creators. This week, Arthur Cummings, one of the 900 users of PlayPen, pleaded guilty to his charges of child pornography possession at the US District court in Worcester and ... Read More »