A defendant in a methamphetamine distribution case in South Dakota admitted purchasing 500 or more grams of methamphetamine on the darkweb and redistributing the drug locally for further resale. He also admitted using his Coinbase account to fund the drug trafficking operation and to help conceal the proceeds of the operation.
Man Sentenced in SLO Murder-for-Hire Case
A Santa Barbara Film student who had attempted to hire a hitman on the darkweb to kill his stepmother was sentenced to three years in state prison, according to an announcement from the District Attorney.
North Carolina Woman Suspected of Selling Pills on the Darkweb
Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service are investigating a North Carolina woman for drug crimes likely linked to the darkweb. Investigators seized a package of pills headed addressed to the suspect. After searching the suspect’s house, they found hundreds of USPS packages and thousands of pills.
Prosecution Asks for a Five Year Sentence in Singapore Murder for Hire Case
The prosecution has asked the court to sentence a businessman from Singapore to five years in prison for paying a hitman on the darkweb to murder his former affair partner’s new boyfriend. The businessman had asked the hitman to make the death look like a car accident.
Second-Largest Darkweb Counterfeiting Ring Busted in Portugal
The Portuguese Judicial Police (Polícia Judiciária), with support from Europol, dismantled Europe’s second-largest counterfeit currency network on the darkweb, according to an announcement from Europol. The operation led to seizures and arrests throughout Europe, notably in Portugal, Spain, France, and Germany.
Belarusian Authorities Seized a Popular Hacking Forum
Belarusian law enforcement seized and shutdown XakFor, one of the largest hacking forums on the internet, according to a statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The forum had almost 30,000 active users at the time of the seizure and several thousand active users every day.
California Man Sentenced for Buying a Chemical Weapon on the Darkweb
A former PayPal employee living in California was sentenced to 71 months in prison for trying to purchase a chemical weapon on the darkweb in a failed scheme to kill his wife. Sandford Faison, on darkweb forums, sought advice on using a specific chemical to murder his wife and purchased the chemical from an undercover federal agent.
Convicted Xanax Vendor "Lost" Keys to Cryptocurrency Wallets
Googleplex, a manufacturer and distributor of counterfeit alprazolam pills (Xanax), told the court he did not know how to access his cryptocurrency wallets. According to the court, the vendor has repeatedly refused to help the government recover the assets stored in at least ten cryptocurrency wallets.
Utah Man Convicted of Drug Trafficking Under the "Pharma-Master" Alphabay Account
A federal jury in Utah returned guilty verdicts for 12 of the 13 counts in an indictment against Aaron Shamo for his role as the leader of a massive darkweb drug trafficking conspiracy. The jury ruled that Shamo–using the vendor account Pharma-Master–had shipped counterfeit oxycodone and counterfeit Xanax pills to buyers in all 50 States.
NCIDETF Adds Another Vendor to Their Arrested Vendor List
The Northern California Illicit Digital Economy (NCIDE) Task Force launched their own Tor site displaying a list of arrested and identified vendors. They recently added a Dream vendor to their list who had already lost his account to the Dutch National Police during Operation Bayonet.