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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 »

Oregon PlayPen Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced 44-year-old Thomas Gene Duncan to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Duncan had spent almost 100 hours on a darknet child abuse forum called “PlayPen.” When the FBI raided his Gresham home in October, 2015, they found 120 videos and 4,000 pictures downloaded from numerous child abuse sites, including PlayPen. They also ... Read More »

Member of Connecticut Opioid Ring Sentenced to 10 Years

A Connecticut man will spend 10 years in prison for participating in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy. The dealer, 32-year-old Jared McBriarty of Bristol, Connecticut, worked with at least two other Connecticut men to import fentanyl, ecstasy, and alprazolam from a darknet vendor in China, court officials said. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one ... Read More »

Three Years of Probation for Bavarian Amphetamine Dealer

In mid-December, a Bad Neustadt courtroom heard court officials sentence a 26-year-old drug dealer to three years of court supervision instead of the prosecution’s recommended sentence of two years in prison. Authorities had accused the dealer of buying a combined total of 800 grams of amphetamine from a darknet market vendor. The Bamberg Attorney General pursued the case in connection ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California sentenced a former member of PlayPen, a darknet child abuse forum, to 14 years in prison and 15 years on parole. Jason Sebastian Sparks, a 29-year-old from Oroville, California, had accessed the forum for just over three hours in 2015. The FBI had only taken control of the ... Read More »

Amphetamine Dealer Gets Two Years of Probation

A 21-year-old drug dealer managed to leave a Bavarian courtroom with nothing but two years of probation. He faced charges in connection with “commercially trafficking narcotics in no small amount,” a crime that carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison. The court, however, believed the young drug dealer showed signs of a promising future and opted for a ... Read More »

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 »

Anderson Township Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Providing Dark Web Child Porno Links to an Undercover Agent.

On November 9, an Anderson Township man was sentenced to 3 years in prison by U.S District Judge Susan J. Dlott, for aiding and abetting another individual in accessing child pornography. The sentence was announced by Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Steve Francis, Special Agent in charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). James ... 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 »

Highland Heights’ darknet fentanyl dealer sentenced to 12 years

On October 31, a Highland Heights darknet fentanyl dealer was sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. Alec Steinberger, 22, pleaded guilty during a detention hearing held on August 1, to three federal charges of drug trafficking and seven counts of using a phone to conduct a drug trafficking offense. One of ... 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 »

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 »

Man sentenced over 300 years for Darkweb child porn case

A resident of Virginia has been sentenced to 300 years in prison for engaging in child pornographic acts. Before his arrest, he had been finding victims for his pornographic acts from the darknet under the screen name, Va Dad4yung. Henrick Styles pleaded guilty to 37 charges but could be in jail for 25 years after forcing a plea deal. This ... 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 »