The Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force added another vendor to their list of arrested darknet vendors.
The Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force (NCIDETF), a federal task force that investigates crimes involving cryptocurrency in Northern California and elsewhere, added the Empire Market vendor “chlnsaint” to their list of arrested darknet vendors.
The task force maintains their own arrested and identified vendor list on an onion service under their control. In its current state, the list contains the following vendors:
- sicknessVersion2 a/k/a 23MightyMouse23
- Houseofdank a/k/a BestBuyMeds a/k/a TrapMart
- Cannabars a/k/a thefastplug
- Diablow a/k/a raiseappeals a/k/a RaisedByDiablow
- CaliCartel a/k/a Playground a/k/a GaminoCrimeFamily a/k/a DopeQueen
- largomonkey a/k/a sillycoconut
- TheCommission a/k/a TheCovenant
- and more…
The NCIDETF onion service:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California announced chlnsaint’s indictment on Novemeber 12, 2020:
Chaloner Saintillus, 32, of Delray Beach, Florida, was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and four counts of distribution of a controlled substance.
According to court documents, the vendor site for “chlnsaint” advertised the sale of fentanyl, carfentanyl, cocaine, oxymorphone, and other narcotics. From August 2019, when the vendor account was created, through August 2020, when Empire Market stopped its operations, “chlnsaint” completed over 1,100 narcotics sales and had a positive customer feedback rating of 98%. Saintillus also offered direct deals through the encrypted messaging app Wickr under the name “showstill.”
Through the course of the investigation, agents conducted numerous undercover buys of fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. Surveillance footage from the post offices from where the parcels were mailed revealed that Saintillus paid for the postage. Agents also conducted surveillance of Saintillus in Florida and identified him mailing a parcel that was later seized and found to contain fentanyl. Agents conducted a search of Saintillus’ residence on Oct. 26, and found a loaded handgun, more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, large quantities of narcotics, including fentanyl, and approximately $25,000 in the cryptocurrency XRP.