The Memmingen district court sentenced three Germans for selling marijuana through a darkweb market vendor account named “LenasBioLaden.”
The court sentenced all three defendants—a 42-year-old man, his 34-year-old wife, and a 32-year-old man—after it found them guilty of earning more than 740,000 euros through darkweb drug sales.
Between September 2017 and March 2020, the trio processed more than 8,700 orders through various marketplaces and sold more than 51 kilograms of cannabis, the court heard.
Law enforcement arrested the defendants after two years of intensive investigations by the Central Office Cybercrime Bavaria. The investigation began in October 2018 after cybercrime investigators investigating a darkweb marketplace discovered the “LenasBioLaden” vendor account.
Investigators identified the primary defendant—the 42-year-old—in 2019 after conducting surveillance at all post offices used by the vendor.
The investigators acquired search warrants for the two suspects they had identified in July 2020. The searches resulted in the seizure of packaging material, electronic devices, and undisclosed amounts of cash and Bitcoin. They also arrested both men.
After the arrest, the police continued to investigate the suspects. They learned that an additional co-conspirator existed. They later identified the 42-year-old’s wife as the third defendant. The 34-year-old woman mailed between 16 and 48 drug packages every day.
On May 20, 2021, the three defendants appeared before the Memmingen district court for their sentencing hearing. The court sentenced the 34-year-old to a suspended prison sentence of one year and eight months. The court sentenced the other two suspects to six years and two months in prison.