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Twelve Kazakhstan Traffickers Raided by Special Forces

In the Kazakhstan cities of Almaty and Astana, the country’s National Security Committee (NSC) carried out a large-scale operation against organized crime syndicates that distributed drugs through the darknet. Not counting previously detained individuals with connections to the drug trafficking organizations, the investigation led to the arrest of 12 drug traffickers. According to the NSC, the investigation is ongoing and ... Read More »

Netherlands Police Bust Darknet Trafficking Group

In 2015, law enforcement in the Netherlands arrested three suspects in connection with a cannabis growing operation in the province of Friesland. More than two years later, Friesland detectives completed an investigation that led to to the arrest of the same three suspects for operating a massive darknet ecstasy and marijuana trafficking operation. Over 150 police officers raided 10 houses ... Read More »

Teen Bought Fake Euros From the Darknet, Police Reveal

In early November, German law enforcement concluded an investigation into a multi-month spree of counterfeit euro use spread throughout several towns in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Lake District. After collecting evidence and descriptions from shopkeepers and salespersons, the Criminal Investigation Department in one of the impacted towns identified a 19-year-old suspect in Strasburg. Police raided the teenager’s house and found “extensive evidence” that ... Read More »

14.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Operation CROZET Nets Two International Drug Traffickers A nine-month investigation into two international drug dealers by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) reached a tipping point this month, according to a press release from the AFP. A 27-year-old Merna man his 26-year-old partner from Kew had allegedly imported hundreds of kilograms of various drugs into the ... Read More »

Arkansas Sheriff’s Bitcoin Mining Program Sparks Controversy

An Arkansas sheriff’s office launched a bitcoin mining pilot program in its Cyber Crimes Division in hopes that the mined bitcoin will help investigators in future crimes on the darknet. In a statement to the press, detective Olin Rankin said the Cyber Crimes Division plans to use bitcoin in the same ways that criminals use bitcoin in undercover operations on ... Read More »

Austrian Ketamine Trafficker Sentenced to Probation

After his September arrest for drug trafficking, a 22-year-old ketamine dealer received a light sentence of probation and mandatory drug therapy sessions. On October 30, the Vienna District Court heard how a Burgenland native had financed his own “addiction” to marijuana through drug distribution. One of his family members, the man said, had told him that he could “make some ... Read More »

Three Men Admit Guilt in Grand Forks Fentanyl Conspiracy

Earlier this year, the Grand Forks Attorney’s Office targeted three men for their roles in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy that led to a non-fatal overdose in March 2017. They had ordered counterfeit A-125 oxycodone pills from a darknet supplier and distributed them throughout the region. On October 30, all three defendants pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court. According to ... Read More »

Marijuana “Should Be Here Monday,” Suspect Told Police

Following a string of recent drug importation crackdowns in Australia, the Australian Federal Police and the Mildura police arrested an international drug buyer who had ordered several packages of methamphetamine between April and July. The case itself began with the Australian Border Force—a government body that frequently receives credit for intercepting drug packages and collaborating with international partners. The Australian ... Read More »

Hacker Attempted to Extort a Fraud Market Admin

In late October, an alleged hacker uploaded a warning to the administrators of Basetools.ws, a clearnet fraud marketplace. The hacker’s warning came in a Pastebin post as part of a threat that if the admins refused to pay a ransom fee, the hacker would release information on the site’s owner(s). Not only would the hacker reveal information on the suspected ... Read More »

Operation CROZET Nets Two International Drug Traffickers

In February 2017, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) launched an investigation into international drug traffickers in Melbourne. Among other drugs shipped to the dealers, the ABF had pulled 15.8 kilograms of MDMA and 2.6 kilograms of cocaine from the mail stream. They called the joint action “Operation CROZET.” In late October, the investigation came to ... Read More »

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Finnish Police Quietly Seize a Darknet Imageboard

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation and Customs recently seized a Finnish hidden service called Sipulikanava, an anonymous and majority uncensored imageboard. In 2015, Criminal Commissioner Juha Korhonen said that Finnish police planned to crack down on Sipulikanava and, along with it, Silkkitie aka Valhalla Market. Like the landing pages of other hidden services seized by the government, Sipulikanava now prominently ... Read More »

California Dealer Caught with 10K Alprazolam Pills

Following a two month investigation by a prescription drug task force in Ventura County, California, detectives conducted a traffic stop that led to the suspect’s arrest. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Ventura County Sheriff’s East County Street Narcotics Unit concluded, during their joint investigation, that 31-year-old Ryan Tallmadge had supplied Los Angeles and Ventura residents ... Read More »

Teen Submachine Gun Buyer Denies All Charges

In April, a teenager, 14-years-old at the time, left school and met a darknet firearms dealer. The charges stemmed from a report by undercover police officers who had caught the teen in a darknet sting operation. One officer posed as the vendor and another, after the first had convinced the suspect to buy a submachine gun and ammunition, posed as ... Read More »

Freedom Hosting Admin Still Losing Extradition Battle

Eric Eoin Marques, the alleged owner and operator of the defunct hidden service host “Freedom Hosting,” recently launched a judicial review in an attempt to end the impending extradition to the United States. Ireland arrested the 32-year-old in 2013 after receiving a provisional extradition request from the US. Since the arrest, Marques appealed the case several times, but employed a ... Read More »

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7.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Dream Vendor “CzechoSlovakFarm” Busted in Slovakia According to an official update posted on Facebook by Slovak law enforcement, police in the Trenčín Region of northwestern Slovakia had apprehended a 24-year-old darknet marijuana vendor named Juraj. The police’s statement alleged that Juraj had grown marijuana in his Northwest Trenčín family home from September 2016 until his late 2017 arrest. He had ... Read More »