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German Man Downloaded 7000 Child Abuse Pictures

A District Court in Meschede heard the case of a 60-year-old man who “had one of the most shocking videos circulating the darknet.” The man, unsurprisingly, received a prison sentence of three years and three months for buying and having possession of child abuse material. Primarily the video. However, the 60-year-old also had more than 7,000 child abuse pictures and ... Read More »

Man Given a Suspended Sentence for Nine Darknet Purchases

A 24-year-old darknet drug trafficker managed to leave a Memmingen courtroom with only a suspended sentence. Some drug traffickers may barely leave the courtroom after buying less than five grams of a drug for personal use. But some people, like the 24-year-old IT specialist, dodged prison time after ordering kilograms of drugs. In fairness, the man had procured a deal ... Read More »

Man Get Prison Time for Filming and Uploading CP to the Darknet

The Périgueux Criminal Court, in early January, sentenced a 31-year-old pedophile for sexual assault against four children and distributing child pornography on the darknet. The court followed the prosecution’s request and handed down a prison sentence of 10 years. Not only did he abuse several children, he also uploaded videos of the abuse to child pornography forums on the darknet ... Read More »

German Man Charged for Stolen PayPal Accounts in Fraud Scheme

In January, a 21-year-old man stood in front of judges at a juvenile court in Bad Segeberg, Germany. The prosecution accused the man of so-called “professional fraud” using the darknet, eBay, and stolen PayPal accounts. The type of fraud is not a new one, but it is one of the first times an individual has faced similar fraud charges in ... Read More »

Kentucky Man Sentenced to 87 Months in PlayPen Case

As a result of a “nationwide operation conducted by the FBI” that investigated child abusers and downloaders of child pornography on the darknet, 29-year-old Craig T. Anderson will spend the next 87 months in federal prison. In 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving child pornography. FBI Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess and Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States ... Read More »

Pittsburgh Man Charged for Importing Two Pounds of Fentanyl Analogue

According to United States Attorney Scott W. Brady of the Western District of Pennsylvania, a new grand jury indictment charged a Pittsburgh man for ordering more than 1,000 grams of a fentanyl analogue from South Korea. James Folks, the alleged drug importer, had seven felony convictions prior to the arrest. And according to the U.S. Attorney, police officers caught Folks ... Read More »

Man Downloaded a ‘Pedophile Manual’ on the Darknet

Norwich Crown Court heard how 40-year-old Lee Daly had downloaded a so-called “pedophile manual” from the darknet. The man read the 170 page document, but he never acted on any of the information contained within it. Police investigators reported that he had not downloaded or viewed any child pornography either—he had simply visited a darknet child abuse site and downloaded ... Read More »

Man Arrested by ‘Almost Ten’ Officers for Ordering Five Pills

In Switzerland, authorities charged a 25-year-old man with violations of the Narcotics Act after he ordered five ecstasy pills from a darknet vendor that the police intercepted. The suspect asked the vendor for a reship, but instead of the drugs at his door, he said he found “almost ten policemen.” He argued that the overkill caused him emotional distress. Despite ... Read More »

UK Man Convicted for Buying Grenades on Alphabay

Another darknet market user has been convicted for trying to purchase weapons on the now-seized darknet marketplace Alphabay. The UK’s National Crime Agency announced, on December 15, that a Crown Court had found 46-year-old Paul Stellato guilty of attempting to possess ammunition with intent to danger life. The crime occurred on November 23, 2016. Under the name “cocaineking247,” Stellato reached ... Read More »

Queensland Man Sentenced to Four Years for Drug Importation

In September 2016, Australia’s Townsville Drug Squad arrested a 17-year-old Lachlan Thomas Weirick for the suspected importation of large quantities of drugs from darknet market vendors. During execution of the search warrant at the man’s house, Townsville police reportedly found more than $60,000 worth of various illegal substances. Roughly 15 months later, at the Supreme Court hearing in Townsville, Justice ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Buying Five Glocks on the Darknet

A man from Dresden faced charges of weapons trade, ammunition possession, and child pornography possession at Dresden District Court. All three charges stemmed from activity committed on the darknet. The police’s discovery of the images depicting child abuse only occurred after the defendant ordered five Glock 17s from an undercover officer on a darknet site. He received a prison sentence ... Read More »

Dublin Man Bought Grenades on the Darknet for the IRA

In November, 35-year-old Darren Gleeson pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organization (read: the Irish Republican Army). In early 2017, Gleeson purchased two grenades on the darknet that law enforcement intercepted and replaced with inert replicas. Months after the controlled delivery and arrest, a three-judge court sentenced the man to three years and six months in prison. In May ... Read More »

Man Caught for Buying a Glock on the Darknet in 2014

The arrest of a Heidelberg darknet weapons vendor in 2016 helped customs investigators from the Nuremberg Customs Department catch a 26-year-old gun buyer. A press release from the Customs Investigation Office in Munich revealed that the 26-year-old had purchased a gun from the vendor in 2014. During a search of the man’s home, authorities found a matching Glock pistol and ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Attempted Child Prostitution on the Darknet

A 36-year-old Berlin man assumed the fictitious identity of a 13-year-old girl and preyed on children through social networks and messaging applications for five years until German authorities arrested him in 2017. Judge Regina Alex, in late November, sentenced the sexual predator to four years in prison. The defendant, an event manager named Alexander G., never physically touched a child. ... Read More »