One of the two defendants behind the Dream Market vendor account "The Drug Llama" was sentenced in a United States District Court to 108 months in federal prison for his role in a large-scale fentanyl distribution operation.
From behind bars in a French prison, one of the accused administrators of DeepDotWeb provided his side of the story. Throughout the interview he maintained that DeepDotWeb was nothing more than an ordinary news site that allowed users to make informed decisions about the darkweb instead of potentially harming themselves or falling for scams.
A number of darknet marketplaces are joining forces to prevent scammers "from hopping between markets" after getting caught scamming. The project is open for other qualified markets willing to cooperate by blacklisting scammers and voting on scam reports.
Italian law enforcement announced the shutdown of Berlusconi Market and arrest of three individuals suspected of running the marketplace. The investigation into the market started in May and investigation into vendors on the marketplace is ongoing.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Hugh Brian Haney had admitted laundering more than $19 million worth of drug money earned by selling controlled substances through Silk Road. According to court documents, Haney operated a vendor account under the username Pharmville.
Christopher Michael Barnes, 36, of Los Angeles admitted that he was involved in the conspiracy to distribute drugs via the dark web vendor account "HumboldtFarms". Barnes and his co-conspirators reportedly sold drugs through the "HumboldtFarms" vendor’s account from March 2015 to July 2017.
In an official statement, the Drug Enforcement Administration warned that 27 percent of the pills seized between January and March of this year contained fentanyl. According to the DEA, Mexican cartels are manufacturing these counterfeit pills and distributing them throughout the United States.
Melissa Scanlan, 32, admitted her role in a darkweb drug distribution conspiracy where she had operated a darkweb vendor account under the name "The Drug Llama." She pleaded guilty to ten felonies in connection with the role she had played in the drug distribution operation.