11.06.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup
Darknet Vendor “Stoned100” Confesses to Drug Distribution
A 43-year-old, at a courtroom in Cologne, admitted selling 200,000 euros worth of drugs on the darknet. The defendant, a man named Dirk K. from the town of Bedburg in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, faces 60 counts of assorted illegal substance distribution crimes. According to German authorities, K. sold drugs on the darknet under the username “Stoned100.”
Narcotics investigators raided the man’s home last October after an informant had sent the man’s information to local authorities. The police caught K. completely off guard; not only did they seize kilograms of drugs, they also discovered evidence that that led to the investigation of dozens of the man’s darknet customers. On a computer in the defendant’s home, investigators found a ledger that contained more than 60 entries. It incriminated customers in at least six countries. The only charges K. had an issue with were ones that accused him off selling drugs for many years. He said he worked as a darknet vendor for much less time than the prosecutor had claimed.
Investigations into his customers have not yet ended.
Alphabay Vendor UKBargins Admits Running Fentanyl Operation
The UK’s National Crime Agency announced that three men admitted their roles in an extensive drug distribution operation. All three landed in police custody after an NCA-led investigation into a darknet market vendor known as “UKBargins.” UKBargins sold a wide assortment of fentanyl analogues (and fentanyl itself, of course).
UKBargins was a high-profile target due to the types of products the account offered. Opioid dealers are currently the target of many law enforcement agencies. On the vendor account on Dream market, UKBargins offered fentanyl, the lesser known analogues furanyl-fentanyl and butyr-fentanyl, and the well-known analogue carfentanil. During execution of search warrants at the homes of the suspects, the police found additional fentanyl analogues and a customer list that later led to additional charges.
The customer list connected UKBargins to six known fatal overdoses in the UK.
Feds Busted Darknet Cocaine Vendor “JetSetLife”
United States law enforcement celebrated the arrest of a US-arm of the darknet vendor “JetSetLife.” To many drug buyers who have used darknet markets long enough to watch many of the early markets rise and fall, JetSetLife life became somewhat of a household name. JetSetLife (often abbreviated “JSL”) sold primarily cocaine on both a JetSetLife vendor shop and on effectively every known darknet market.
After a bizarrely brief (one month in duration) investigation, federal authorities arrested Brian Gutierrez Villasenor, 26, for one count of distribution of cocaine. The police basically intercepted packages, asked the intended recipient who they had purchased the cocaine from, traced the shipping labels back to a specific Post Office, and then watched surveillance footage. They spotted the person who had purchased the labels, compared the face with a database of driver’s license pictures, and matched Villasenor with the person seen on video purchasing the labels.
They surveilled, confirmed Villasenor was shipping cocaine on a regular basis, and then made the arrest. The majority of the case has intentionally been kept from the public in an effort to prevent co-defendants from destroying evidence and making the ongoing JetSetLife investigation more difficult.
Pedophile “Copyrighted” Images with Darknet Forum Username
Federal investigators arrested Dashawn Webster, 22, for possessing child pornography distributing child pornography on the darknet. Webster had attracted investigators due to the watermarks found on all of Webster’s original content. They had little difficulty tracking Webster’s presence on child abuse forums. On one forum, Webster had signed up for an account with an email address he regularly accessed.
The police discovered that the email address belonged to someone who had been accessing the account from an I.P address in Portsmouth, Virginia. Service records connected that I.P. address to a specific house in Virginia. But they did not have enough evidence for a search warrant. So the police knocked on the suspect’s door and pretended they had been searching for a missing person in an effort to confirm the identity of the resident without tipping him off and ruining the investigation. Webster gave the police his name and, unknowingly, confirmed that he owned the account.
A judge issued an arrest warrant and the police executed it the following morning. Webster admitted that he had been taking (illegal) pictures of children, watermarking them, and then uploading them to darknet forums.
Finnish Customs Issued a Statement About the Takedown of Sipulikanava in 2017
In November 2017, DeepDotWeb covered the takedown of the darknet imageboard “Sipulikanava” by Finnish Customs. After the takedown and seizure, Finnish Customs released some vague information that indicated the takedown was connected to drug distribution through the site and another darknet drug bust. Just this week, months after the actual takedown, Finnish Customs released a statement that added some information to the case.
The site owner, who had accidentally doxed himself, landed under investigation after Customs had arrested the darknet vendor “Douppingkauppa” in 2016. The site, despite not being a darknet market, allowed drug distribution via the market section of the site. Records seized during the Douppingkauppa bust revealed that the site administrator had contacted Douppingkauppa through the site’s market section in order to buy drugs for personal use.
Customs arrested the 41-year-old site admin for enabling and even encouraging the distribution of drugs through the darknet.