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Man Downloaded a ‘Pedophile Manual’ on the Darknet

Norwich Crown Court heard how 40-year-old Lee Daly had downloaded a so-called “pedophile manual” from the darknet. The man read the 170 page document, but he never acted on any of the information contained within it. Police investigators reported that he had not downloaded or viewed any child pornography either—he had simply visited a darknet child abuse site and downloaded ... Read More »

Man Arrested by ‘Almost Ten’ Officers for Ordering Five Pills

In Switzerland, authorities charged a 25-year-old man with violations of the Narcotics Act after he ordered five ecstasy pills from a darknet vendor that the police intercepted. The suspect asked the vendor for a reship, but instead of the drugs at his door, he said he found “almost ten policemen.” He argued that the overkill caused him emotional distress. Despite ... Read More »

UK Man Convicted for Buying Grenades on Alphabay

Another darknet market user has been convicted for trying to purchase weapons on the now-seized darknet marketplace Alphabay. The UK’s National Crime Agency announced, on December 15, that a Crown Court had found 46-year-old Paul Stellato guilty of attempting to possess ammunition with intent to danger life. The crime occurred on November 23, 2016. Under the name “cocaineking247,” Stellato reached ... Read More »

Queensland Man Sentenced to Four Years for Drug Importation

In September 2016, Australia’s Townsville Drug Squad arrested a 17-year-old Lachlan Thomas Weirick for the suspected importation of large quantities of drugs from darknet market vendors. During execution of the search warrant at the man’s house, Townsville police reportedly found more than $60,000 worth of various illegal substances. Roughly 15 months later, at the Supreme Court hearing in Townsville, Justice ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Buying Five Glocks on the Darknet

A man from Dresden faced charges of weapons trade, ammunition possession, and child pornography possession at Dresden District Court. All three charges stemmed from activity committed on the darknet. The police’s discovery of the images depicting child abuse only occurred after the defendant ordered five Glock 17s from an undercover officer on a darknet site. He received a prison sentence ... Read More »

Dublin Man Bought Grenades on the Darknet for the IRA

In November, 35-year-old Darren Gleeson pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organization (read: the Irish Republican Army). In early 2017, Gleeson purchased two grenades on the darknet that law enforcement intercepted and replaced with inert replicas. Months after the controlled delivery and arrest, a three-judge court sentenced the man to three years and six months in prison. In May ... Read More »

Man Caught for Buying a Glock on the Darknet in 2014

The arrest of a Heidelberg darknet weapons vendor in 2016 helped customs investigators from the Nuremberg Customs Department catch a 26-year-old gun buyer. A press release from the Customs Investigation Office in Munich revealed that the 26-year-old had purchased a gun from the vendor in 2014. During a search of the man’s home, authorities found a matching Glock pistol and ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Attempted Child Prostitution on the Darknet

A 36-year-old Berlin man assumed the fictitious identity of a 13-year-old girl and preyed on children through social networks and messaging applications for five years until German authorities arrested him in 2017. Judge Regina Alex, in late November, sentenced the sexual predator to four years in prison. The defendant, an event manager named Alexander G., never physically touched a child. ... Read More »

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 »

Man Indicted for Running an Illegal Online Pharmacy

According to Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song, 57-year-old Rashid Mohammad Khan ordered and distributed illegal medications online between March 2015 and January 2017. A four count indictment accuses Khan of participation in a fraudulent drug importation and distribution scheme. While participating with members of the conspiracy, Khan focused on the distribution of specific drugs. Overseas drug distributors, both ... Read More »

Man in Dark Web Child Pornography Case Sentenced to 9 Months

On November, 22, 32-year-old Nicholas S. Jernigan was sentenced to nine months in prison for possessing child pornography. Judge Brent Robinson of Richard County Common Pleas, gave Jernigan prison time for pleading guilty pandering obscenity involving a minor and five years’ probation for nine other counts. During the plea hearing Judge Robinson explained that the pandering obscenity involving a minor ... Read More »

NY Man Sentenced to Probation for MDMA Conspiracy

A US District Judge in New York sentenced 22-year-old, Joel C. Jacob, to 36 months on probation for ordering more than 180 grams of MDMA in 2016. In collaboration with his housemate, Jacob had ordered the drugs online and used Bitcoin as the payment source. The East Meadow man had not prepared his Campus Drive apartment for the USPIS controlled ... Read More »

Georgia Man Jailed For Role in Cybercrime against Kansas County

A Georgia man will now spend two years and three months in federal prison for his role in an email parody scheme that cost Sedgwick County more than $566,000. George S. James, a 49-year-old from Brookhaven, Georgia, was on Wednesday sentenced to 27 months in prison, according to U.S Attorney Tom Beall. James pleaded guilty to one count of wire ... Read More »

Anderson Township Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Providing Dark Web Child Porno Links to an Undercover Agent.

On November 9, an Anderson Township man was sentenced to 3 years in prison by U.S District Judge Susan J. Dlott, for aiding and abetting another individual in accessing child pornography. The sentence was announced by Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Steve Francis, Special Agent in charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). James ... 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 »