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Five Sentenced for Selling Marijuana and Meth on Hydra

Saint-Petersburg city court pronounced a final judgment in the case of five methamphetamine and marijuana dealers who operated on Hydra, a russian-language darkweb marketplace. The dealers–Dmitry Vyugin, Alexander Golubev, Andrey Kokhan, Dmitry Kokhan, and Andrey Stoyko– received either prison sentences or shorter probation sentences.

Andrey Kokhan was the leader of the operation. In March 2018, Kokhan created a shop on HYDRA called “Quest.” Through the storefront, Kokhan advertised and sold marijuana, methamphetamine, and amphetamine. His accomplices planted dead-drops in Saint Petersburg.

Seized Methamphetamine

Seized Methamphetamine

Officers of the Federal Security Service (FSS) arrested the conspirators in July 2018. During the investigation into the dealers, law enforcement seized 3.32 kg of amphetamine, 200 grams of methamphetamine, 169 grams of marijuana, and 25 cannabis plants. They also found chemicals and growing equipment associated with large-scale marijuana production. Police also found the standard drug dealer’s toolkit while searching the homes of the drug dealers, such as electronic scales and plastic storage bags.

Cannabis Discovered During a Raid

Cannabis Discovered During a Raid

The court found all five defendants guilty of drug trafficking, possession with intent to supply, and production of controlled substances. Kokhan pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 18 years in prison. Dimitry received a 12-year prison sentence. Golubev will spend seven years behind bars. The court gave Vyugin and Stoyko five and seven years probation instead of prison time. Russian law allows a sentence of probation only when the defendant assists in the discovery of additional criminal activity.

From 2015 to 2019, the number of recorded narcotic violations in Russia decreased by 19.7%. Last year, police recorded 190,197 drug-related crimes and solved 102,771 of them. LEAs opened 113,651 trafficking and 510 smuggling cases. The proportion of crimes associated with controlled substances differs greatly across regions: from 12,8% in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug up to 24,4% in North Ossetia–Alania. In 2019, the area of outdoor cannabis grow sites increased by 16 times and reached 370 acres. Weight of seized marijuana rose by 42% up to 40 tons.

10 Comments

Russian vendor

Sun, May 24, 2020

They will do time in black dolphin! That prison is not joke look it up on YouTube

Soviet

Sun, May 24, 2020

iirc Leningrad = St P :p

Black Dolphin

Mon, May 25, 2020

@Russian vendor for real ? or just jokin because of the documentary

NonSoviet

Mon, May 25, 2020

indeed Leningrad = St P. It hurts that the world doesn't know dick about the history there.

truthteller_spb

Wed, May 27, 2020

Probably long tongue and open mouth led to this, with so many ppl in organization, someone definitely will snitch.

Teonanacatl

Wed, May 27, 2020

@Russian vendor - no, they won't do time in Black Dolphin. This prison is for the ones who got life sentence.

SnitchesGetStitches

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

The article states, by name, which 2 members of the 5 betrayed the group, and so only got probation(uslovniye). Which is kind of funny, would you rather do 10 - 18 years, or be out in the open world with your name in the news as the one that talked? Then again, the real story is probably totally different

Frosty

Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Lol fuck snitches

Teonanacatl

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

We've got plenty of snitches and rats in Russia. Lots of people take part in controlled drug purchases in order to avoid 3 years imprisonment. And again, you can't get probation for dealing drugs in Russia, unless you help police.

Thatcher's Dead

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Wasn't Quest a pretty big store in Hydra? Huh.

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