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Auckland Dealer Won His Prison Sentence Appeal

Former darknet vendor Elias Valentin Smith successfully appealed his two-year prison sentence at the High Court at Auckland. Law enforcement in New Zealand, during Operation Tiger, arrested Smith and charged him with 14 drug charges linked to the importation and redistribution of drugs on the darknet. The High Court judge granted the appeal and changed Smith’s sentence to home detention ... Read More »

Marijuana Dealer Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs sentenced Justin Polson, 29, to five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and participation in a money laundering conspiracy. Polson, according to court documents, participated in a marijuana distribution conspiracy worth $3 million. In addition to the five years in federal prison without parole, Judge Sachs required Polson’s share of the earnings ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendor ‘EtiKing’ Sentenced to Life in Prison

On April 27, U.S. District Judge Paul Byron sentenced Jeremy Achey, 43, to life in prison. Achey sold fentanyl analogues on Alphabay and other darknet markets under the name ‘EtiKing’. A federal jury previously convicted Achey of conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl analogues) and distribution of controlled substance analogues. A 2017 investigation led to the arrest of Achey following the fatal ... Read More »

Fake Percocet Dealer Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

In a statement to the press, Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Katherine Terpstra revealed Tyler Liming, 26, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for selling fake Percocet pills to someone who fatally overdosed. Prosecutors, on April 26, said that the police investigation proved that Liming had been buying counterfeit Percocet pills from a vendor on the darknet and redistributing them ... Read More »

International Darknet Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

According to United States Attorney Bob Troyer, U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson sentenced 22-year-old Leonardo Cristea to a three year prison sentence for his role in the Italian Mafia Brussels (IMB) drug trafficking operation. After international law enforcement arrested Cristea and nine accomplices in May 2016, Cristea pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy drug importation. Court ... Read More »

Darknet Glock Vendor Gets 33 Months in Prison

Almost one year ago, Gerren Johnson and William Jackson were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker on federal firearm trafficking charges. Both men had used Blackmarket Reloaded (BMR) to sell Glocks and other weapons to buyers across the globe. In April 2018, at a U.S. District Court in Georgia, Johnson received a 33 month prison sentence in exchange ... Read More »

Last Defendant has Entered Prison in Alphabay Heroin Case

A former darknet vendor recently started serving his prison sentence for his role in a cocaine and heroin trafficking operation. Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, a 25-year-old Pakistani national, worked alongside 33-year-old Abdullah Almashwali in Brooklyn, New York, to ship drugs across the United States through the United States Postal Service. Almashwali received his prison sentence in July 2017 and Farooq got ... Read More »

15 Years in Prison for Millionaire Weed Dealer

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced the sentencing of a 48-year-old man from Randolph, Massachusetts, for orchestrating a massive marijuana distribution and money laundering scheme. A federal court in Boston convicted the defendant, Michael Gordon, of possession with intent to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana. He will be spending 85 percent of the next ... Read More »

Swedish Darknet Vendor Appeals Prison Sentence

In 2014, international law enforcement conducted an operation targeting darknet drug markets and similarly illicit hidden services. They seized at least 414 .onion.rent sites. Many sites resurfaced under new branding. A Swedish darknet market-forum hybrid was among those seized during Operation Onymous that rebranded after the disruption. After tracking a group of drug traffickers from the first shop to the ... Read More »

Group of Silk Road Dealers Sentenced to Prison

Judge Michael Leeming sentenced five University of Manchester students to prison for selling more than $1.2 million worth of drugs on the Silk Road. According to the NCA, authorities arrested the ring leader and his primary accomplice at their apartment in Manchester on the same day the FBI ended the Silk Road. The October 2013 arrests led to the discovery ... Read More »

Victim’s Sister Helped Teenage Drug Dealers Avoid Prison

In May 2017, Daniel Kennett, age 18, sold four ‘Defqon’ ecstasy pills to his fellow student Luke Campbell-Tapson. Luke, underestimating the strength of the pills, fatally overdosed. The 17-year-old’s death sparked an investigation into Kennett and his business partner who had been buying the pills on the darknet and reselling them in prison. At a recent sentencing court appearance, both ... Read More »

Teenager Sentenced to Prison After Botched Gun Deal

A collaboration between Australian police and German authorities led to a three and a half year prison sentence for an 18-year-old from Hassfurt, Bavaria, Germany who had attempted to buy a MAC-11 on the darknet. After an August 2017 arrest, authorities searched the teenager’s house and found drugs, fake IDs, fake euro notes, and evidence that implicated the defendant in ... Read More »

Mother and Son Head to Prison for Darknet Drug Trafficking

A courtroom in Munich, Germany, heard how a 27-year-old from Lake Starnberg sold drugs to more than 1,000 customers worldwide. The man, Sebastian F., sold drugs on the darknet for several years while operating under pseudonyms (or with partners who used the names online). Sebastian sold under the username “BossRumcheck,” the court heard. Not only did Sebastian sell drugs under ... Read More »

Another Chemical Love Customer Faces Prison for Drug Purchases

The Munich District Court heard how a 24-year-old bought drugs on the darknet for several years in a row. The prosecution said the man conducted a “lively trade” with the drugs he purchased online. The court heard how the man had allegedly been buying drugs on the darknet and selling them to buyers in person. Between December 2014 and April ... Read More »