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Pedophile Caught in Homeland Security Operation Sentenced to Prison

According to an announcement from John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, a district court judge sentenced a Connecticut, man to five years in prison for possessing hundreds of pictures and videos that depicted child abuse. The defendant, a 61-year-old from Shelton, Connecticut, named Michael Hull, had been downloading child abuse material on the darknet when ... Read More »

Man Sentenced to Probation for Ordering Drugs from the Darknet

At the Feldkirch Regional Court, a 36-year-old eligible for probation faced a panel of judges for sentencing in his second drug importation case within two years. Officials recognized that the defendant had been struggling with amphetamine addiction and that he had been making an effort to end his use of illegal substances. The court acted “with mercy” and sentenced the ... Read More »

Fentanyl Analogue Dealer Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison

United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt sentenced a 33-year-old Riverside man to 312 months in federal prison for trafficking acetyl fentanyl. Because the drug operation led to at least one fatal overdose, the defendant faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years. The charges only involved a single fatal overdose, but investigators connected several more deaths to the ... Read More »

Raleigh Xanax Vendor Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison

Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced a Raleigh man to more than six years in federal prison for producing alprazolam pills and selling them on the darknet. According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., Matthew Lee Yensan, 25, received a sentence of six years and six ... Read More »

Former Alphabay User Sentenced to Probation

During a trial at the district court in Böblingen, a 27-year-old faced harsh penalties for ordering a significant amount of drugs from the now-defunct Alphabay darknet market. The prosecution accused the Herrenberg man of drug trafficking. He had purchased at least 100 grams of cocaine and 575 grams of marijuana. The defendant readily admitted that he had ordered both marijuana ... Read More »

Alphabay Fraud Vendor Sentenced to a Decade in Prison

On Friday, May 25, Judge Michael Gledhill of Southwark Crown Court sentenced Grant West, 26, to 128 months in prison for crimes committed as the Alphabay fraud vendor “Courvoisier.” The man, formerly known only as an Alphabay “full” vendor that allegedly scammed customers as frequently as he defrauded companies, caused several million dollars in damage to companies he attacked. And ... Read More »

German Man Sentenced to Five Years for Subutex Trafficking

Due, in part, to a lengthy criminal record, the District Court of Konstanz sentenced a 49-year-old man to five years in prison for trafficking Subutex and hashish in person and on the darknet. Although the man argued that he had planned on using the drugs personally, the prosecutors claimed that the evidence contradicted his statements and the presiding judge agreed ... Read More »

Yet Another Toilet-Cam Pedophile Sentenced for “Home Videos”

At a recent hearing at Cardiff Crown Court, Ian Evans, 37, explained that he had been “looking at things [he] should not have been looking at.” The court charged him with two counts of possessing indecent images of children, one count of taking indecent images of children, and one count of voyeurism. Not only had Evans watched child abuse content ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendor “PeterTheGreat” Sentenced to 15 Years

Ana Milena Barrero, a darknet fentanyl dealer, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to United States Attorney Beth Drake. Barrero sold various opioids on Alphabay under the username “PeterTheGreat” until her arrest in early 2017. According to information found in the criminal complaint and indictment filed after Barrero’s arrest, Barrero and her boyfriend, Theodore Khleborod, had distributed a ... Read More »

Ex-Cop Sentenced for Abusing His Own Granddaughter

County Court Judge Jane Campton sentenced an unidentified ex-police officer to more than four years in prison for abusing his own granddaughter and sharing the pictures on darknet forums. The man, a former Victorian policeman, actively used darknet child abuse forums since the inception of publicly accessible onion services. He had also—while working as a law enforcement officer in Australia—communicated ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Running an Illegal Bitcoin Exchange

U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced that Louis Ong, 37, had been sentenced for effectively laundering millions of dollars in Bitcoin for undercover agents who had indicated their money originated from a successful drug distribution operation. U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik sentenced the man to three years of supervised release, suspended with 20 days in jail and a $1 ... Read More »

Grandfather of 12 Sentenced in Operation Pacifier Case

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant announced that a federal judge had sentenced a 76-year-old user of the darknet child abuse forum “Playpen” to eight years in federal prison. The Massachusetts man, Edward F. Dupont, had formerly pleaded guilty to downloading hundreds of child abuse pictures from the now-defunct darknet forum. The prosecution had argued that Dupont deserved a sentence ... Read More »

Darknet Child Abuse Site Member Sentenced to 60 Months

U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced a Purcellville man to 60 months in prison for sharing and downloading thousands of pictures and videos depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Although the majority of child abuse cases in the United States that have involved the darknet have centered around the Federal Bureau ... Read More »

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, ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »