The Dresden Public Prosecutor’s Office accused a 38-year-old German man of operating a child exploitation forum for Tor users. The Dresden Public Prosecutor’s Office charged a 38-year-old German man with 18 counts of the distribution of child pornography as well as the serious sexual abuse of children. According to the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the man created a child exploitation forum and hosted it as an onion service. He allegedly launched the forum in 2010 and kept it running through 2014, according to a BKA press release.
The Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force added another vendor to their list of arrested darknet vendors. The Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force (NCIDETF), a federal task force that investigates crimes involving cryptocurrency in Northern California and elsewhere, added the Empire Market vendor “ chlnsaint” to their list of arrested darknet vendors. The task force maintains their own arrested and identified vendor list on an onion service under their control.
A young waiter avoided prison after ordering counterfeit euros on the darkweb and circulating them in Tyrol, Austria. At a hearing in Innsbrook, the young man told the court the lock-down had ended his employment as a waiter and that he had researched the darkweb out of boredom. He said that while researching the darkweb he had learned of the possibility of obtaining counterfeit notes through the darkweb. He could not “ resist the temptation,” he said.
CiperTrace, the blockchain intelligence firm that previously gave the feds so-called “Monero-tracing tools," filed their second Monero-tracing patent application. The company says their tools help law enforcement identify Monero transactions associated with criminal activity. According to a press release on the company’s website, the patents cover: Forensic tools to explore Monero transaction flows to assist in financial investigations. Development of original tracing methodologies based on simulation techniques and Bayesian approaches.
A darkweb vendor from Maryland and a pharmacist from Nebraska were sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to firebomb a competitor’s pharmacy. William Anderson Burgamy IV, 33, of Hanover, Maryland, and Hyrum T. Wilson, 41, of Auburn, Nebraska, received a combined total of more than 23 years in federal prison, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Burgamy sold hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, and other controlled substances through the “NeverPressedRX” vendor account on Empire Market.
A New Hampshire man was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. James M. Nesbitt, 44, of Rochester, New Hampshire, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, fentanyl and methamphetamine. Nesbitt’s co-conspirators Haley Hansler and William McKay both pleaded guilty to related charges.
Police in Cologne, Germany, arrested four suspected drug dealers as part of an investigation into a large-scale darkweb drug trafficking operation. Since April 2018, the suspects allegedly distributed 279 kilograms of amphetamines, 11,000 ecstasy tablets, and 1.3 kilograms of MDMA through various platforms on the darkweb. Through “other distribution channels,” the group allegedly distributed 103 kilograms of marijuana, 35 liters of amphetamine oil, 2,000 ecstasy tablets, 1,000 grams of amphetamine, and 29 kilograms of hashish.
A Georgia man was sentenced to 135 months in prison for buying and selling Tapentadol on the darkweb. He sold Tramadol, Tapentadol, and Etizolam on the darkweb, court documents revealed. Sheldon Kennedy, 32, of Springfield, Georgia, will spend the next 135 months in prison for Possession With Intent to Distribute Tapentadol; Use of a Communications Facility (U.S. Mail); and Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, said Bobby L. Christine, U.
A 26-year-old from Achern is facing charges for drug trafficking after purchasing at least 500 grams of amphetamine from a darkweb vendor group. The Münster public prosecutor’s office investigated a group of drug traffickers responsible for selling at least 500 kilograms of drugs on the darkweb. The group trafficked amphetamines, heroin, MDMA, and ecstasy pills, according to a press release. During the investigation of this group, law enforcement examined the electronic storage devices seized during the execution of search warrants.
A former employee of the Kantonspolizei in the canton of Schwyz is facing charges for allegedly selling firearms on the darkweb. Between 2012 and 2013, according to the indictment, the 57-year-old suspect repeatedly sold guns and ammunition through a vendor account on an undisclosed darkweb marketplace. During a search of the man’s house, the police seized 80 firearms and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition. Following the search, the police kept the suspect in custody for two months before signing off on his temporary release.