Alphabay “Fullz” Dealer to be Sentenced in May

Alphabay “Fullz” Dealer to be Sentenced in May

Not long ago, Grant West made the news after he pleaded guilty to selling hundreds of thousands of stolen credit card numbers, “fullz,” and logins for various internet services. A recent release of information by UK authorities placed West back under the spotlight for, among other things, the lavish lifestyle he had secretly been living. West, 25, lived in Kent, England. From the outside, according to local news reports, his life may have seemed fairly…

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19.05.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

19.05.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

Auckland Dealer Won His Prison Sentence Appeal At the High Court in Auckland, New Zealand, a young man appealed a two-year prison sentence he had received for selling various illegal substances on the darknet. The man, Elias Valentin Smith, was only a teenager when New Zealand law enforcement caught him during Operation Tiger. His sentence—one that many thought was surprisingly mild when compared to vendors convicted of similar crimes—was reduced due to a number of…

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Colorado Man Arrested for Darknet Drug Distribution

Colorado Man Arrested for Darknet Drug Distribution

A six-month federal investigation in Colorado led to the arrest of Paul Carlos Moseley, 31, for allegedly dealing drugs through various darknet markets. Investigators reportedly purchased LSD, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine from the man. The investigation involved the use of classic surveillance tactics, undercover purchases, fingerprint analysis, and casually referenced GPS trackers. Court documents lacked information regarding the start of the investigation (i.e., the investigators did not document—or release documents—that revealed why federal investigators had…

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Suspended Sentence for Italian Drug Trafficker

Suspended Sentence for Italian Drug Trafficker

The Prosecutor’s Office of Bordeaux, France, indicted seven individuals for their roles in an international drug trafficking operation. During the investigation, French customs and the Spanish Civil Guard intercepted 216 kilograms of marijuana extracts and 13 kilograms of dried marijuana. The investigation, led by the Judicial Police of Bordeaux, began in March 2017. As with many cases covered by DeepDotWeb, package interceptions initiated the operation. The quantities of marijuana seized by authorities immediately triggered alarm…

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Elysium Members Sentenced for Child Abuse in Vienna

Elysium Members Sentenced for Child Abuse in Vienna

During a sentencing hearing at a court in Vienna, two men and one woman received prison sentences for abusing two children, filming the abuse, and subsequently uploading the videos to the darknet child abuse forum “Elysium.” The victims, prosecutors revealed, were the children of two of the now-convicted child abusers. The German Federal Criminal Police Office seized the darknet forum in 2017 following a lengthy investigation into the site and the site’s owners. The police…

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Iowa Drug Dealers Convicted of Carfentanil Distribution

Iowa Drug Dealers Convicted of Carfentanil Distribution

Two Iowa men pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit oxycodone pills on the darknet. Like many of the counterfeit oxycodone sold on the darknet or on the streets, these pills contained the fentanyl analogue carfentanil. In February, a federal grand jury indicted Cameron James Lensmeyer, 20, and Paul Sage, 20, for possession of carfentanil with intent to distribute, along with similar marijuana charges. Sage, at the time of his arrest, had a firearm in his possession…

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German Man Sentenced for Eight Cocaine Orders

German Man Sentenced for Eight Cocaine Orders

According to German media outlets, the District Court of Munich sentenced a Munich dentist to nine months in prison for breaking drug laws on numerous occasions. Not only did the man admit to the crimes he had committed, but an investigator testified that the arrested darknet vendors had records that proved they had shipped packages to the 43-year-old. The charges stemmed from incidents that began during September 2014. He told the court that he had…

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German Man Sentenced for Ordering 200 Grams of Amphetamine

German Man Sentenced for Ordering 200 Grams of Amphetamine

In Coburg, Germany, a seized package of amphetamines led to the arrest and recent sentencing of a 21-year-old for importing and possessing illegal substances. In less than three months, according to investigators, the young man had ordered nearly one kilogram of cocaine and and an equal amount of amphetamine. During the hearing, he admitted he ordered the drugs for personal use. But he wanted to effectively use the stimulants for free, so he always placed…

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San Diego Dark Web Drug Dealer Receives 10 Year jail Sentence

San Diego Dark Web Drug Dealer Receives 10 Year jail Sentence

Sky Justin Gornik, the 39-year old Clairemont dark web drug dealer who was busted for having a large amount of carfentanil, pleaded guilty in court on May 1 to his involvement in a scheme to distribute, deliver and dispense highly potent illegal drugs with the aid of the dark web. He was accused of smuggling carfentanil, fentanyl, and ketamine, as well as other controlled substances through the U.S. Postal Service. During a court hearing, presided…

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British Professional Hacker in Line for a Jail Sentence after Guilty Pleas

British Professional Hacker in Line for a Jail Sentence after Guilty Pleas

Grant West, a 26-year-old with the moniker ‘Courvoisier‘, who is known for his cyber-attacks on some big companies in Britain is in line for a possible jail sentence, after admitting to a succession of hacking offenses. Grant, and his girlfriend, Rachel Brookes, used phishing emails to carry out hacks on companies including Uber, Just Eat, Sainsbury, T-Mobile, Coral, Ladbrokes and many others. West illegally obtained digital information as well as personal information including credit card…

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