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German Police Address Former Politician for Years of Darknet Distribution

A former district committee member and board spokesperson of the Green party in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg sold drugs on the darknet since 2013, German authorities announced on August 22. That very same day, a special police commando unit raided the 40-year-old’s apartment after a lengthy investigation into his criminal activities. In total, according to the Berlin Landeskriminalamt (LKA), “Boris J.,” the suspect, ... Read More »

North Dakota Man Serving Three Years for Buying Carfentanil on Alphabay

In June, 20-year-old Jesse Erickson of West Fargo, North Dakota, landed in the middle of an ongoing DEA, local police, and Cass County Drug Force investigation. They arrested him at his home where they had caught him with carfentanil. According to local news sites that covered the case, Erickson told police that he had also ordered MDMA that was to ... Read More »


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 »


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 »

Man Sentenced To 15 Years over Death Linked To Darknet Fentanyl

  A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the US District Court for selling fentanyl through the Darknet which resulted in an overdose death. Zachary David Chyle pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to possess drugs with the intention to distribute them. He also pleaded guilty to another count of possessing controlled substance leading to ... Read More »


Alphabay Vendor “Area51” aka “DarkApollo” Sentenced to 6.5 Years

  On July 24, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced the sentencing of Abudullah Almashwali aka one half of “DarkApollo” and “Area51.” Almashwali, along with Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, his co-defendant, sold heroin and cocaine on the former darknet marketplace known as Alphabay. Although the duo were taken down by law enforcement at the same time, only Almashwali received his prison ... Read More »


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 »

Man Sentenced To 10 Years after 2016 Darknet Bust

In 2016, Benjamin Bricker was arrested for distributing cocaine purchased from the Darknet. The 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to the criminal counts and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Bricker was accused of being in possession of cocaine valued at 4 to 200 grams. According to the law, the punishment for this type of crime is a sentence ... Read More »

Final Defendants in Cannabinoid Ring Sentenced to 4.5 Years

In early June, we wrote about the sentencing of several members of a US-based cannabinoid trafficking ring. At the time of the update, nearly all the defendants named in the indictment had been sentenced. The leaders of the organization were still waiting for their sentencing court dates. Not long after the latest update, both of the main owners of the ... Read More »

Chemical Love Leader Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

In April 2016, German law enforcement raided a cellar in Rülzheim and several locations in Baden-Württemberg. The media caught on and asked questions. Investigators then reported that the arrests pertained to a group behind “Germany’s biggest illegal web shop for narcotics.” Now the entire group in the Chemical Love case received sentences, save for one. Chemical Love was, as prosecutors ... Read More »

Napoli Group Shipper Gets More Than Six Years in Prison

Towards the end of May, Judge Antonio Fiorentino of Torre Annunziata Court sentenced a shipper of the Napoli Group to six years and eight months in prison. The convicted counterfeiter, a 34-year-old named Mario Martinelli, found himself in a “thrilling police chase” last year. Once caught, authorities found 136,000 in fake euros. The Napoli Group, for those that missed the ... Read More »

Five Years in Prison for Cannabinoid Analogue Supplier

C. Aliens Five Years in Prison for Cannabinoid Analogue Supplier In 2014, the DoJ indicted the owners of an Olathe-based business that distributed $16 million in synthetic cannabinoids in two years. The indictment named several top-level co-defendants who either produced the drugs or bought the drugs in wholesale volume. One of those co-defendants, Michelle Reulet of Montgomery, Texas, recently received ... Read More »

One PlayPen Member May Only Serve Four Years

One of the men caught in the FBI’s notorious “Operation Pacifier,” U.S. Army Sgt. David Tippens, fought the charges filed against him with more intensity than most. Documents released in his case revealed the “outrageous” behavior of the FBI. Tippens, defended by the public defender who got one PlayPen member acquitted, appeared to be headed in the same direction. However, ... Read More »

Attempted Grenade Buyer Gets 10 Years in Prison

After an investigation by the NCA and Organised Crime Partnership, authorities arrested a suspect for an attempted grenade purchase. The suspect, a 22-year-old man, pleaded guilty to an attempted grenade purchase. He paid a darknet vendor for a fully functioning grenade, the OCP said. A judge recently sentenced the 22-year-old Luis McMullan to 10 years in prison for his crimes. ... Read More »