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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 »

Munich Glock Vendor Faces Seven Years in Prison

The case of the darknet gun vendor who sold a Glock 17 to the Munich gunman simply refuses to die. In a series of events that came, initially as a surprise, the government has decided to pursue an even lengthier prison sentence for Philipp K., the gun vendor who admitted his role in providing David Sonboly the Glock that ended ... Read More »

Portsmouth Dark Web Drug Dealer Jailed For 16 Years

A 26-year-old dark web drug dealer has been handed a 16-year prison sentence for selling drugs he imported from the dark web. Kurt Lai Lan, the culprit, imported over thousands of MDMA tablets from the dark web which unfortunately for him was intercepted by officers. According to the officers, the package had more than 11,000 MDMA tablets which were worth ... 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 »

Ecstasy Vendor ‘StoneIsland’ to Spend 16 Years in Prison

Judge Roger Hetherington sentenced 26-year-old Kurt Lailan to 16 years in prison for selling thousands of ecstasy pills on darknet marketplaces under the name “StoneIsland.” Officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) caught Lailan on May 10, 2016, after intercepting almost 10,000 ecstasy pills Lailan and his father had imported from Holland. Portsmouth Crown Court heard how ... 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 »

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 »

Three Years of Probation for Bavarian Amphetamine Dealer

In mid-December, a Bad Neustadt courtroom heard court officials sentence a 26-year-old drug dealer to three years of court supervision instead of the prosecution’s recommended sentence of two years in prison. Authorities had accused the dealer of buying a combined total of 800 grams of amphetamine from a darknet market vendor. The Bamberg Attorney General pursued the case in connection ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California sentenced a former member of PlayPen, a darknet child abuse forum, to 14 years in prison and 15 years on parole. Jason Sebastian Sparks, a 29-year-old from Oroville, California, had accessed the forum for just over three hours in 2015. The FBI had only taken control of the ... Read More »