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Netherlands Police Bust Darknet Trafficking Group

In 2015, law enforcement in the Netherlands arrested three suspects in connection with a cannabis growing operation in the province of Friesland. More than two years later, Friesland detectives completed an investigation that led to to the arrest of the same three suspects for operating a massive darknet ecstasy and marijuana trafficking operation. Over 150 police officers raided 10 houses ... Read More »

Teen Bought Fake Euros From the Darknet, Police Reveal

In early November, German law enforcement concluded an investigation into a multi-month spree of counterfeit euro use spread throughout several towns in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Lake District. After collecting evidence and descriptions from shopkeepers and salespersons, the Criminal Investigation Department in one of the impacted towns identified a 19-year-old suspect in Strasburg. Police raided the teenager’s house and found “extensive evidence” that ... Read More »

Man Caught With 85 Pot Plants After Ordering Cocaine on the Darknet

According to a press release from the Police Headquarters in Lower Bavaria, Deggendorf investigators received word that a man living in Zwiesel had ordered cocaine from the darknet. At request of the Deggendorf prosecutor, officers arrived at the suspect’s apartment after the cocaine would have arrived, only to find 85 cannabis plants at various stages of growth and large amounts ... Read More »

Dealer Busted After Buying Counterfeit Euros on the Darknet

In the town of Brilon in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided a 20-year-old who had ordered counterfeit money on the darknet. To the Federal Criminal Police Office’s (BKA) surprise, they could not find any counterfeit banknotes on the 20-year-old’s property, despite their own intelligence that indicated otherwise. Instead, the BKA found a cache of drugs “in ... Read More »

Highland Heights’ darknet fentanyl dealer sentenced to 12 years

On October 31, a Highland Heights darknet fentanyl dealer was sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. Alec Steinberger, 22, pleaded guilty during a detention hearing held on August 1, to three federal charges of drug trafficking and seven counts of using a phone to conduct a drug trafficking offense. One of ... Read More »

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Finnish Police Quietly Seize a Darknet Imageboard

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation and Customs recently seized a Finnish hidden service called Sipulikanava, an anonymous and majority uncensored imageboard. In 2015, Criminal Commissioner Juha Korhonen said that Finnish police planned to crack down on Sipulikanava and, along with it, Silkkitie aka Valhalla Market. Like the landing pages of other hidden services seized by the government, Sipulikanava now prominently ... Read More »

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 »

Darknet Gun Seller Sentenced to Five Months in Austria

Towards the end of October, Spain’s Guardia Civil department arrested a former Alphabay firearm vendor. With cooperation from Europol, international law enforcement agencies also arrested six of the vendor’s customers. The investigation led to the discovery that the 24-year-old vendor had shipped weapons to at least 30 customers in 11 countries. Several days after the announcement, a Salzburg judge convicted ... Read More »

Three German Darknet Dealers Sentenced to Probation

On October 18, a Saarland court passed down unusually mild sentences to three so-called “darknet dealers.” The men had distributed mushrooms, LSD, heroin, and amphetamine for several months before their arrest, the police said. After authorities intercepted packages addressed to one of the three dealers, they raided the suspect’s apartment and struck gold: the feathers had maintained whiteboards with active ... Read More »

US Attorney General Says Use of Bitcoin on the Darknet is a Big Problem

During a recent Department of Justice oversight hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified about the concerns federal law enforcement have about the use of cryptocurrency on the darknet. The Attorney General’s remarks on the darknet were in response to a question from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Senator Feinstein’s question ... Read More »

Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted in an international drug trafficking investigation. The two Chinese men who were indicted include 38 year old Jian Zhang and 40 year old Xiaobing Yan. Both men were indicted on charges of trafficking fentanyl into the United States. Law enforcement claims that the two men had made transactions on the darknet to American and ... Read More »

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Man Abused His Stepdaughter, Shared Pictures on Darknet Forums

In Traunstein, Germany, a judge at the Traunstein District Court sentenced a 28-year-old man for child abuse and spreading pictures and videos of the abuse on the darknet. Judge Klaus Weidmann found the defendant guilty of 29 counts of the sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and production of child pornography. The judge ordered a prison sentence of ... Read More »

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 »