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Georgia Judge Sentences Russian Hacker to 14 Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones of the Northern District of Georgia sentenced a Russian cybercriminal to 14 years in prison for involvement in an international hacking conspiracy. The hacker, 33-year-old Roman Valeryevich Seleznev of Vladivostok, Russia, participated in a fraud network that caused more than $50 million in damage. In August 2016, a federal jury in Washington convicted Seleznev ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Gets 17.5 Years in Prison

One member of Playpen, a darknet child pornography forum, recently received a prison sentence of almost 18-years. Daryl Glenn Pawlak was one of the many Playpen members caught by the FBI in a single operation dubbed “Operation Pacifier.” Pawlak, a 39-year-old man from Texas, had previously pleaded guilty to the receipt of child pornography and one count of access with ... Read More »

More Prison Time for Ex-Agent in Silk Road Case

Shaun Bridges, the dirty Secret Service agent who had already landed a six-year prison sentence for the theft of $800,000 worth of bitcoins during the Silk Road investigation, just received another two-years for another bitcoin heist. In March 2015, authorities arrested Shaun Bridges and Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl Force. Both men had been part of the team behind the ... Read More »

Two Inmates Controlled Canadian Fentanyl Trade from Prison

On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of North Dakota announced the details of a fentanyl operation dubbed “Operation Denial.” The fentanyl overdoses of North Dakota teenagers pushed the operation into existence. The investigation first crossed North Dakota to Oregon. From Oregon, investigators traced fentanyl sources across international borders. Since 2015, the Department of Justice indicted ... Read More »

MDMA Vendor Duo Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Two 23-year-old men, according to the prosecution in a Netherlands court, sold “dozens of pounds” of MDMA on darknet markets in eight months alone. Despite their best claims to pretend they had distributed health supplements, both men left the courtroom with six year prison sentences. The suspects, Thijs V. from Houten and Mike W. from Muiden, sold various (and numerous) ... Read More »

South Dakota Teen FacingPrison after Ordering 20,000 Fentanyl Pills Form the Dark Web

Trevor Harden, a 19-year-old who was arrested by law enforcement after shipping 20,000 fentanyl pills in the mail to himself now faces a 20-year jail term alongside a $1,000,000 fine. The teen from Chamberlain in a federal court last week, pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally attempting to possess and distribute fentanyl, a deadly counterfeit opioid which has broken into ... Read More »

Sheep Marketplace Owner Gets Nine Years in Prison

  A court in the Czech Republic sentenced Tomáš Jiříkovský, the creator of the Sheep darknet marketplace, to serve nine years in prison for stealing bitcoins from the market’s users. According to the court, Jiříkovský stole bitcoin worth roughly 16 million crowns—the equivalent of $731,600 US dollars. The sentence also applies to his role as the owner of Sheep Marketplace ... Read More »

Dealer Dodges Prison, Partially Thanks to His Darknet Supplier

In 2015, a 21-year-old homeless man sold an undercover police officer 10 ecstasy pills, two grams of hashish, and marijuana worth $120. Officers arrested the man in 2016 for drug trafficking and the possession of illegal substances. Although the prosecution pushed for prison time for the crimes the judge called “small time,” the defendant walked out of the courtroom on ... Read More »

Carinthian Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

In Carinthia, a 34-year-old received three years imprisonment for producing and selling counterfeit Euros on the darknet. In total, according to the Public Prosecutor, the Carinthian created more than 6,000 50-euro bills. The man had offered a fake driver’s license on the darknet and had several weapons in his home. The defendant had ordered many of the supplies in 2016. ... Read More »

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Darknet Vendors Behind “FinestDrugsDE” Facing 15 Years in Prison

In November 2016, police raided numerous apartments in Thuringia, Germany. During the raids, law enforcement made discoveries that they called the biggest blow against online drug trafficking, at the time. They found notebooks of recorded data, phones, hard drives, kilograms of drugs, and two suspects: 31-year-old Philipp H. and 19-year-old Stefanie W. Those two suspects now face 15 years in ... Read More »

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15 Years in Prison for Darknet Heroin Supplier

According to United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler of the Southern District of Indiana, the supplier of a nationwide drug distribution ring will spend the next 15 years in prison. Pierre Burnett, Jr., aka “Doe,” the owner of “Epic Ultra Lounge,” pleaded guilty to the charges in a four count grand jury indictment from 2016. The indictment accused Doe of ... Read More »

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PlayPen Member “Fred Flintstone” Gets 12 Years in Prison

In a PlayPen case that worked in the government’s favor, U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced 62-year-old Richard Lueck to serve 12 years in prison. Unlike many recent headline PlayPen cases, such as USA v. David Tippens or USA v. Jay Michaud, Lueck was not represented by Colin Fieman. Fieman, one of the more well-known names in the FBI’s ... Read More »

Finland’s Biggest Ex-Vendor Sentenced to Prison

Throughout 2016, Finnish Customs investigated a major drug distributor. They intercepted packages of outgoing mail and cars of incoming drugs. By the end of the year, Customs narrowed the suspect list down to three names. Officers arrested the correct suspect; the darknet marketplace vendor was the largest in the region at the time—his name was Douppikauppa. Douppikauppa, in July 2017, ... Read More »

Berlin Darknet Vendors Sentenced to Prison

Not even three months after their wedding, Daniel B. and Juliana B. landed in police custody for drug distribution. In November 2016, police in Berlin arrested the couple after an investigation into suspicious banking activity led to the discovery that the partners sold drugs on darknet marketplaces. And finally, in July, the judge handed down their punishments. Daniel, the 35-year-old ... Read More »