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Operation Rasputin: A Darkweb Drug Investigation in Austria

Austrian authorities arrested eight people as part of an investigation into a prolific darkweb drug vendor.

The investigation began in 2019, according to an announcement from the Federal Criminal Police Office. One darkweb vendor caught the attention of law enforcement in Graz. The vendor, identified as “Rasputin” (and similar variations of the name), reportedly sold more than 100 kilograms of various controlled substances. Rasputin specialized in cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, and ecstasy pills. His profits reportedly reached seven digits.

A picture of Cocaine was one of the more popular products sold by Rasputin

Cocaine was one of the more popular products sold by Rasputin

Police first arrested an individual who had amphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana in his possession. That person worked with the police and provided them with the names of some of his contacts in Burgenland. They seized more amphetamines and cocaine during the investigation into suspects in Burgenland. They followed a trail of evidence to Innsbruck where they arrested a 44-year-old suspected of operating the Rasputin accounts on darkweb marketplaces. Police quietly arrested the alleged mastermind in December 2019, according to a police spokesperson. Investigators learned that Rasputin had so-called “sub-dealers” who distributed Rasputin’s narcotics on his behalf. During the investigation, Austrian police rounded up seven suspected co-conspirators.

Hansjörg Bacher, a spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Graz, said the investigation involved extensive physical surveillance, text analysis, and telephone surveillance.

A picture of Rasputin used a screenshot of his Dream Market profile in the listings on Empire Market

Rasputin used a screenshot of his Dream Market profile in the listings on Empire Market

The co-conspirators sold Rasputin’s drugs in exchange for cryptocurrency, the police said. Police seized amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, mephedrone, marijuana, crystal meth, and ketamine during searches at the properties owned by Rasputin and his “sub-dealers.” They also found firearm blanks and false identification documents at Rasputin’s house. Rasputin had allegedly equipped his co-conspirators with firearms for their protection, including a 9mm Makarov pistol (likely 9×18mm PM) and a Walther CP99 (which is a .177 caliber pellet gun rather than a genuine firearm). Authorities said Rasputin kept his associates in line with “dangerous threats” and other forms of coercion.

A picture of Rasputin had a profile on Empire Market but primarily used Dream and Wall Street

Rasputin had a profile on Empire Market but primarily used Dream and Wall Street

Operation Rasputin is now complete. The trial for the 44-year-old mastermind is underway. He faces drug trafficking charges, weapons trafficking charges, and charges stemming from his use of fake IDs. The court already sentenced one of his co-conspirators to eight years in prison. Five of his associates will be in court this week.

The Federal Criminal Police Office has been in touch with Europol about the case. Law enforcement in Ireland and Germany also have an interest in the investigation into Rasputin.

14 Comments
boneym
57a088a0 Wed, Jul 22, 2020

But they could preach the Bible like a preacher :(

Rasputin
dca45d70 Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Full of ecstasy and fire

Smiley
4eb95ed0 Wed, Jul 22, 2020

So, really what I'm seeing is that the only people getting knocked really are the over ambitious trying to make millions or blow people up

wonder
978c8180 Wed, Jul 22, 2020

I think the people getting busted are the ones that have too many people connected to their operations.
Some vendors have made and millions and left the game with no issues. I’m sure its a high percentage compared to those that never even make 100k and to those who get busted.

Horrible op sec, like using your real name to create shipping labels and your own wifi to purchase them is so common. Thank god for the low hanging fruits like this guy.

Use his mistakes as a lesson wether you are dealing off line or online.

Watermark
7929fd10 Thu, Jul 23, 2020

I miss dream market

whya
9cef6850 Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Why was Dream Market shut down btw?

Dream
fcf00370 Thu, Jul 23, 2020

I personally think Dream got shut down bc some security researcher published an article claiming to have uncovered who ran Dream Market. The article came out shortly before the announcement of Dream shutting down. I think the owner of dream got sketched out bc the article was right. I read it, its very convincing, Im pretty sure they found the right guy.

how
34178ea0 Thu, Jul 23, 2020

what article? seems like fud

fck rats
3cf06a50 Thu, Jul 23, 2020

So he ratted on his men. Fuck him.

DREAM
90f41780 Thu, Jul 23, 2020

@how https://darknetlive.com/post/on-the-topic-of-speedstepper-one-researchers-investigation/

SS
da43cf80 Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Read the pastebin archive under "a follow up with speedstepper". There's no way they didn't get the right guy. Dude is in his 60s and looks like he could be in a biker gang. I never heard about him getting arrested but they had to of went after him after that came out. As interesting as it was to know the identity of Speedstepper, I wish he didn't get doxed, he was an honest market admin who didn't exit scam even under heavy pressure. I guess that ip leak was the beginning of the end.

Dottor Venkman
5af98a20 Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Article very interesting. In any case Dream was the market that lasted the longest :)

morons
dbeaecb0 Sun, Jul 26, 2020

lmfao why did those 2 ppl in the dream article BOTH assume that the clearnet sight created by someone using alias “SpeedStepper” (the one linked to the fake pharma scam site) was created by the same speedstepper from dream market? do they not realize that ANYONE can make a forum/site/whatever under any alias they want?

it is much mroe likelythat the sites created in 2018 that linked to fake pharma scam oxytocin was just scammers being scammers and trying to capitalize on idiots that google searched dream speedstepper or something. after all, the real SS would have no reason to advertise on clearnet suddenly in 2018 when he is already #1 market

Speedstepper
1a1c7910 Sat, Aug 1, 2020

They will catch me I’m from the old school where we leave trails to fake doxxs sorry try again

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