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Father and Son Sentenced for Selling Drugs on the Darkweb

A father and son were both sentenced to 42 months in prison for selling drugs on the darkweb.

According to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, the father and son cooperated in the sale and exportation of MDMA, 2C-B, and cocaine through the darkweb. The father was in charge of the packaging and mailing while the son controlled the vendor accounts.

The investigation against the duo’s drug trafficking operation began after customs intercepted nine outgoing drug packages in June 2019. Four of the packages contained a total of 180 pills and 45 grams of MDMA, one package contained 500 pills of 2C-B, and one contained 10 grams of cocaine.

The investigators acquired surveillance footage from the post offices used by the father to ship the drug packages to international customers. By August 2019, investigators had identified the father as the person responsible for the seized packages of drugs. The father, unaware of the investigation into his activities, continued to drop packages off at the post offices. Law enforcement learned that the defendant had mailed additional packages on August 6, 2019, as well as on August 15, 2019. Employees at the post offices used by the father recognized the man and told investigators that the man had regularly mailed packages from each location.

On August 20, 2019, the investigators raided the father’s homes in Appeltern and Beuningen. Investigators found and seized 6,795 grams of MDMA, 32 grams of cocaine, 39 grams of amphetamine, 36 LSD tabs, and 351 grams of 2C-B from the Appeltern house. They then seized 50 tabs of LSD and 1.9 grams of MDMA from the Beuningen house. Each of the houses had a room dedicated to the packaging and storage of the drugs. During the searches, authorities learned of the son’s involvement in the drug trafficking conspiracy.

Police searched the son’s house the same day. During the search at the son’s house, the police found and seized three USB drives. Later, during a forensic investigation of the storage devices, authorities discovered evidence linking the son to at least two vendor accounts, including the vendor account “The Trip” and the vendor account “The Flip.”

After conviction, the court ordered the duo serve prison sentences of 42-months, minus the time served during pretrial detention. The court ordered the seizure of four BQ phones, “which are known to be commonly used in criminal circles," the Public Prosecution Service said.