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Former Silk Road Vendor Sentenced to Six Years in Berlin

According to the spokesperson for the Berlin criminal court system, the Berlin district court sentenced a darknet drug trafficker and two accomplices to six years in prison, three years in prison, and a suspended sentence. The primary suspect, a 43-year-old Japanese man living in Berlin named Ryo Y., had been selling drugs on the darknet as early as November 2012. ... Read More »

PlayPen Member with 5,500 Downloads Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On January 18, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced a member of the darknet child abuse forum known as PlayPen to six years in prison. The defendant, a 42-year-old Jacksonville man named Jason Barnes, was found guilty following a September bench trial. During Operation Pacifier, FBI agents identified Barnes after he accessed PlayPen on February 28 and March ... Read More »

Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

A statement from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Florida revealed the sentencing of another member of a darknet child abuse forum. This sentencing occurred only days after another Florida man pleaded guilty to downloading and viewing videos depicting various forms of child abuse during the same week in 2015 when the FBI had taken control ... Read More »

Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

In Jacksonville, Florida, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced yet another member of the darknet child pornography website PlayPen. The defendant, 42-year-old Jason Dean Barnes, will spend six years in federal prison for downloading thousands of images depicting child abuse. After his release from prison, Barnes will spend 10 years on federal supervision. He will also register as ... Read More »

PayPal Fraudster Sentenced to Community Service and Restitution

We recently wrote about a 21-year-old man from Bad Segeberg who had been running a small-scale fraud operation that involved stolen PayPal account information from the darknet, matching DHL packing stations, eBay, and high-end electronics. After a recent sentencing hearing, German media outlets reported that the man “cheated a sentence” or that he “got off lightly.” The prosecution and defense ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendors CaliConnect and BTH-Overdose Sentenced to Prison

Chief U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced two darknet drug dealers, both a part of separate cases, on the same day in January. He sentenced David Ryan Burchard (CaliConnect) to six years and eight months in prison. The second vendor fared slightly better; the judge sentenced Emil Vladimirov Babadjov (Blime-Sub and BTH-Overdose) to five years and 10 month in ... Read More »

Teenager Arrested and Sentenced For Buying Bomb on Darknet to Kill Parents

Nineteen-year-old boy, Gurtej Singh Randhawa was arrested by the police for purchasing an explosive weapon on the Darknet marketplace with the intention of blasting his parents into pieces. Information gathered makes it clear that his parents were in strong disagreement with his move to start a relationship with a lady. He, therefore, marked them as a hindrance to his relationship ... Read More »

German Cook Sentenced for Darknet Methamphetamine Orders

The Starnberg District Court heard how a 30-year-old cook purchased amphetamine and methamphetamine from vendors on the darknet. The prosecution charged him, initially, with purchasing 60 grams of the stimulants on the darknet, using the stimulants he had purchased, and selling some of the remaining drugs. He faced charges for ordering both drugs under fake names on at least seven ... Read More »

Kentucky Man Sentenced to 87 Months in PlayPen Case

As a result of a “nationwide operation conducted by the FBI” that investigated child abusers and downloaders of child pornography on the darknet, 29-year-old Craig T. Anderson will spend the next 87 months in federal prison. In 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving child pornography. FBI Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess and Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor ‘DutchKings’ Sentenced to Seven Years

In November 2016, Netherlands police arrested two darknet drug dealers in Eemnes. The duo had sold hundreds of thousands of Euros of marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine. In December 2017, the partners faced a judge in court and received lengthy prison sentences for drug distribution and money laundering crimes. At their Eemnes farm, 24-year-old Brandon M. and 26-year-old Kim van H. ... Read More »

Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Hiring a Hitman on the Darknet

In Lyngby, Denmark, a 58-year-old woman received a six year prison sentence for trying to have a man killed through a darknet murder-for-hire service. The first public mentions of the case occurred only a couple of months before the sentence hearing, even though Danish authorities arrested the woman in early 2017. Informative case details only started surfacing after the December ... Read More »

Ex Cop Sentenced for Buying a Gun on the Darknet

After falling into a trap set by undercover officers on the darknet, for PSNI officer Allan Kennedy will be spending the next 5.5 years behind bars. He admitted attempting to purchase a 9mm pistol and silencer from the undercover officer. After his arrest, police discovered evidence that indicated the former police officer had been selling drugs—another crime Kennedy pleaded guilty ... Read More »

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 »