EMPIRE MARKET EXIT SCAM – ALTERNATIVE

EMPIRE MARKET EXIT SCAM – WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE?

UPDATE: – 8/25/2020 – STATUS: EMPIRE MARKET EXIT SCAM

UPDATE: – 8/24/2020 – EMPIRE MARKET IS OFFLINE FOR MORE THAN 3 DAYS NOW. There has been no updates from admin team in the last 24 hours. At this moment we can assume that Empire EXIT-SCAMMED.

For those of you who are asking what now? dutchanonstore.to is currently the largest and most easy to use shop that has been formed by ex Dream and Empire Market vendors in order to avoid scams and do direct deals with customers. It has been formed by most trusted vendors out there offering any kind of drugs.

UPDATE – 8/24/2020: Empire Market has been offline for 3 days now. No more updates from their staff members. At this moment we can say that there is a small chance of Empire Market coming back.

Empire Market is down for more than 2 days now, and this time it’s not the DDoS who took the Empire completely offline, rather the admins took the website off, to, according to their moderator Melbourne overcome an on-going DDoS attack against the market.

Empire Market is down
One of Empire Market links showing – “Onionsite Not Found” message

All Empire links are down as of now, including private vendor links. But what we know so far? Around 6 days ago a huge DDoS attack that targeted Empire started and lasted for days blocking any legitimate traffic. Apparently attackers cracked the Dread’s EndGame Captcha system that was programmed to slow-down or stop DDoS attacks against onion sites.

What started as a usual DDoS attack (EM was attacked a few months ago in the same way) ended with Empire Market admins taking their website with forum completely offline without saying much.

On August 5, researcher from RiskIQ a leader in attack surface management Yonathan Klijnsma posted on on Twitter about Empire Market being misconfigured allowing anyone to see their real IP address. Although this has not yet been confirmed a lot of posts on Dread, a reddit-like darknet forum pointed out that this is actually a phishing Empire link.

Empire moderator Melbourne posted on Dread 2 days ago a PGP-signed message saying:

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Hello Empire.

Our team is working tirelessly to overcome an ongoing DDOS attack against our market.

An attack on us is really an attack on you, our community. We do not take this lightly.

We are the #1 market and it is your trust that has allowed us to get here. Trust is earned over time. When dozens of admins were scamming in 2018 and 2019, we were the only market to stay loyal to you. This is who we are. Our character has not changed.

Many want to see us fall but we are not going anywhere.

Long live the Empire.

Melbourne, in the memory of Alexandre Cazes.

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It followed with another PGP-signed message 7 hours ago, adding:

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Beware the many false narratives and FUD circulating.

We are here and are hard at work. Doing anything safely takes time.

Melbourne
23 Aug 2020
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In the meantime Empire is still down without many updates from their admins letting buyers and vendors in dark. What to do next? While waiting for Empire to come back check out our – Top Darknet Markets.

UPDATE: Se7en, one of the main market staff members responded on reddit-like Darknet Forum Dread, saying:

“If the market is still down in a couple of days i’ll make a post about the whole situation then, it’s early days and maybe the admins will bring it back. I can only speak directly for the forum which was initially taken down by DDoS, but i have taken it down now unless the market returns.”

Is this a bad sign? Only time will tell. We urge anyone to not trust ANYONE on the darknet anymore. No matter what was the cause of this downtime, you can’t just take someones’s hard-earned money without any explanation. Even if Empire Market comes back do not treat them like before. We as a community already had situations like this with Wall Street Market and many more before them.

We really hope that we are wrong on this one, but this isn’t promising at all.

Stay safe until next read!

Link to Dread Post where Se7en responded to one of the users asking about Empire status -http://dreadytofatroptsdj6io7l3xptbet6onoyno2yv7jicoxknyazubrad.onion/post/18b8c126cd212827d1d1

Verify ALL LINKS before visiting them!

Dark.Fail twit about Se7en respond on current Empire situation can be found here – https://twitter.com/DarkDotFail/status/1297731843555356673

Darknet Market List 2019 – 2020 Deep Web Markets Links

Darknet Market List 2019/2020 – This list will serve as definite and Official deep web marketplaces list. It will include daily updated URLs for some of the top markets as well as their futures. Most of the lists out there on Google are either dead or unupdated information. This list is for educational purposes only.

What is a Darknet Market?

According to Wikipedia and Investopedia, darknet markets or cryptomarkets are dark web e commerce sites with goods for sale. Although some products for sale are legal, on darknet markets you will mostly find illegal items such as drugs, weapons and stolen information.

The transactions on darknet markets are anonymous thanks to Bitcoin. You can access deep web markets via the Tor network or other browsers that hides users identity and location. Transactions take place via bitcoin, monero or litecoin.

Darknet Market List 2019 by deepwebmarketsreview

Top Darknet Market List 2019 – 2020

Let’s start with our top deep web marketplaces. Every websites has it’s own places on our list based on trust, futures and how long has it been around. If any of these websites on our list goes rogue or exit scam, we will update this list to prevent our readers from losing money. We will never make any deals with any of site posted on our list, this list is only for educational purposes.

Dutch Anonymous Drug Market (currently largest market)

Dutch Anonymous Drug Market or Dutch Anonymous Drug Store, dutchanonstore is one of the oldest and most reliable drug markets. They are currently operating on the clearnet. Unlike traditional markets where you can get scammed, this markets only has one vendor. There are no down-times so ordering is very easy. There is no PGP needed since all communications goes through encrypted emails. They have one of the strongest and best cocaine on the market. First time buyers that are coming through our site can use PROMO CODE – DEEPINFO3 for one time 10% off. Just mentioned this code to them via email while ordering.

Main link: dutchanonstore.to

CharlieUK

CharlieUK is UK ELITE darknet cocaine vendor – http://charlieuk.se/

Empire Market

Empire Market is currently the largest and most trusted marketplace on the deep web. It’s a secure platform with many features like, 2FA, PGP login, and more.

UPDATE – 01/29/2020: Empire Market has been down for weeks due to DDoS. Currently the largest market is dutchanonstore. You can access it by following the links above.

Main URL: http://empiremktxgjovhm.onion/ref/369364

NOTE: Enter only the black character on Captcha page to login/register.

Main URL: http://empiremktxgjovhm.onion/ref/369364

ALTERNATIVE LINKS:

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2aidxlex3btrfnjqax3ucvgyd.onion/ref/369364

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lb6xxbrmz2tkec37gc2vkd5yd.onion/ref/369364

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7urmj4txctrneedl4vkfjbsqd.onion/ref/369364

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m2b5ksdh247fz3c2uv4gsnzad.onion/ref/369364

For alternative links check dark.fail – Please keep in mind that if you are new use ONLY MAIN LINK to register. And then you can use alternative ones to prevent phishing and scamming!

Main link work most time of the day, if it does not work at the moment just refresh the link in about 10-30 minutes and it will work. USE ONLY MAIN LINK CURRENTLY, THERE ARE A LOT OF SCAMS AND Phishing. When you are on the site, eneter ONLY black characters on the CAPTCHA page to log in.

Empire Market has been around since February 2018. It’s currently one of the best and largest darknet markets out there. It looks the same as AlphaBay, former darknet marketplace that got shut down on July 2017 as a part of Operation Bayonet by Law Enforcement Agencies.

It currently has around 45,000 listings, majority of those are Drugs and Chemicals, consisting of 35,000. It offers Auto PGP encrypt (not recommended) multisig transactions and 2-factor authentication. You can pay on Empire using bitcoin, litecoin and monero currently. The only problem with Empire Market currently is that support is non-existent and it will not help you, so you need to do your homework before buying anything.

For more Empire Market links, please visit: https://deepwebmarketsreview.com/2019/09/18/empire-market-alternative-links/

Berlusconi Market (SEIZED BY ITALIAN POLICE)

Main URL: berluscqui3nj4qz.onion

Berlusconi Marketplace is less-know market yet one of the oldest that are still running. It uses Escrow, PGP and 2-factor authentication. It has direct deposits without central wallet (like Empire have). You can pay using Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Silk Road 3.1 Market (EXIT-SCAM)

Main URL: silkroad7rn2puhj.onion

Silk Road 3.1 is last alternative market that still uses original Silk Road name. It has more than 50k listings of which 35k are drugs related. Silk Road 3.1 accepts Bitcoin, Moreno and Litecoin.

Cryptonia Market

Main URL: bntee6mf5w2okbpxdxheq7bk36yfmwithltxubliyvum6wlrrxzn72id.onion

Cryptonia Market is a new marketplaces that offers one of the best security we ever seen to date. It offers the most security 2/3 Bitcoin Multisig, transparent direct deposit escrow wallet, 2-factor authentication, PGP, anti-phishing measures and many more.

Last Words

This list will end here for now. We will keep updating this list regularly. Please have in mind that most of these markets may and most probably will at some times exit-scam or shutdown due to this or another reason. We will try our best to always update this list so our readers can be up-to-date to anything that happens around the deep web. For that reason don’t forget to check us out periodically.

Also check out darknetlive for Deep Web News stories: https://darknetlive.com/

Darknet Markets Links 2020 – Empire, DeepSea, White House

Darknet Markets Links 2020 – After the darknet market (DNM) Empire exit-scammed DNM users have been having a hard-time to find a reliable source of scoring drugs online. DeepINFO went into investigative journal to find what’s current trends in DNM world, which markets are next go-to and what market should be trusted the most in 2020.

darknet markets links 2020

Ever since the darknet market Empire exit-scammed a month ago, users of DNM have been having a hard time to find most reliable marketplace to go to next. For more than a year Empire Market has been having a monopoly over the darknet drug sales and that was up until August 23 when Empire Market took the website offline after almost 5 days of DDoS attacks that crippled the website, making it unusable for vendors and buyers alike.

Since the exit, most users flocked to Icarus market that exited in less than a month after taking it’s place as a top market (by numbers of users, sales and vendors). So what many users of DNM is asking now is, where to go next? What’s the top market currently? Should I use markets or go with Direct Deals with reputable vendor? We decided to create a list of most reputable online places to buy drugs online.

For all darknet related information you should also check out new darknet forum called drug-road. This is a new DN community that’s starting to grow. There you can learn many new things DN related, check out about scammers on the darknet, get connections of reputable dealers and most important stay up-to-date in order to avoid being scammed. It’s wild west out there. Link for forum is in above picture. Stay safe.

Darknet Markets Links 2020

White House Market has been seen as a most-secure marketplace to date offering only Monero as a payment option for it’s customers. It’s privacy centric market with enforced PGP requirement. WHM is owned by a well-know group of people who used to own a lot of marketplaces that exit-scammed so caution is advised. As of now, White House is legit marketplace.

Marketplace URL: http://auzbdiguv5qtp37xoma3n4xfch62duxtdiu4cfrrwbxgckipd4aktxid.onion

Dutch Anonymous Drug Store is a darknet drug store that’s currently operating via clearnet FastFlux Proxy Service. Tor is required to access the website. dutchanonstore is a project of 7 long-time vendor veterans on the deep web. It has been designed as a shop rather than a market, so there’s no Escrow available. Dutch Anonymous Drug Store has been probably one of the best options for the last 2 years considering that it’s been run by one of the most reputable vendors originating from original silk road. Easy of use, no DDoS down-times, no captchas, friendly customer service, best and highest quality of drugs, high selection of drugs.

Marketplace URL can be found on: https://dutchanonstore.live/

DeepSea marketplace is a new market that bas been created by 3 long-time DNM veterans. We covered DeepSea in a separate article that can be found here.

What do you think of the Empire Market exit-scam and this list we created? Let us known in the comments below.

Deep Sea Market Reviews – Scam Vendors

deep sea market

Deep Sea Market is a marketplace based on AlphaBay market that has been founded by 3 reputable dark web veterans. It has been built with an aggressive and user friendly design. It has been coded from scratch from as early as 2018 and released on January 2020. While the market itself is legit (at least as of now) there are a lot of scam vendors operating like on any known marketplace.

Like we did previously with Empire Market we decided to create a public list of know scammers on the Deep Sea Marketplace as well to help all new users avoid being scammed.

SCAM LIST:

This blacklist is a community project to list all vendors that scam, selectively scam, ship bad product, dox customers, threaten, are LE or have been arrested/compromised by LE. Please use our comments section below to report any Empire Market Scam vendor if you believe a vendor should be added to this blacklist.

Please also keep in mind one thing. We make sure to only list vendors that we ourselves verified of being a scam. If, for example, you never had a problem with a vendor listed below, that does not mean he didn’t scammed anyone. So, please, avoid being selfish and supporting a vendor that you yourself had or have a great relationship. This is a community project, we want to help each other to stay away from scams. We will save people’s money in this way. Thank you!

LAST UPDATED: 23/09/2020

MickeyMouseNL (Selective scams. Alt-account of TomandJerry)

TomandJerry (Selective scams)

DrugsUK (Selective scams)

JaguarUK (Selective scams, alt-account of DrugsUK)

vanillasurf started selective scamming his cusromers. WATCH OUT!

HOW I CAN HELP?

If you want to help others please use comment below to report any vendor that may have scammed you or someone you know. We will verify and add him to this list.

Agartha Market Review – Scam or Not?

Agartha Market Review – SCAM OR NOT? – Agartha Market, an Agora clone with no real affiliation to the mentioned marketplace is a SCAM market. After doing investigation into the market we learned that it selectively scams user funds while allowing a lot of scammer vendors to operate on their site. While there are some legit vendors operating there (for who know what reason) Agartha Market should be avoided and treated like a scam market.

Agartha Market Review
Agartha Market Homepage

What is Agartha Market?

Agartha marketplace is a dark web market created somewhere in 2019. It’s a feature-rich marketplace that accepts Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash and Monero. Like previously Agora used names, Agartha is Agora clone, based on Agora source-code.

About Agartha Market

In their own words: The current age is one of obscurity and confusion. As long as these conditions prevail it is necessary that the initiatory knowledge of the “Darknet Mysteries” and the history of things prior to the beginning of this cycle, or age, remain hidden. Secret organizations offering valid initiations according to a true and traditional doctrine are no more than a shadow when the spirit of knowledge no longer gives life to the symbols that are only an external representation of the bound to what is called the spiritual Center of the World. At such a time the loss of the tradition is felt, especially when the direct and supportive relationship with the spiritual center is lost.

Is Agartha market related to Agora Marketplace?

Agartha Market is Agora clone with no relationship to the original Agora Market.

Agartha Marketplace LINKS (URL)

Official Agartha Marketplace URL: agarthaourmnyhq3.onion (SCAM)

Agartha Market Review – SCAM OR NOT?

Agartha Market is a SCAM market and should be avoided. Although there is a few of legitimate vendors operating there, there are 90% of scam vendors. Also, Agartha is selectively scamming it’s user funds so depositing funds is like playing Roulette.

Please visit our Markets and Shops page for other legit darknet marketplaces and drug shops.

Please leave a comment below if you have been scammed by Agartha Marketplace.

How to solve Dread’s CAPTCHA – GUIDE

How to solve Dread’s ENDGAME CAPTCHA – Dread, a reddit-like darknet community discussion forum has released a new CAPTCHA called ENDGAME in an attempt to stop DDOS attacks. Paris, a Dread moderator wrote:

UPDATE: drug-road is a new darknet forum that has been growing fast since the creation. Join the forum at – https://drug-road.to/index.php

“Some of your may very well hate me for this captcha deployment. I don’t blame you it’s harder to wrap your head around. However if you give it enough time to look at what is needed you realize it is the same.”

How to solve
Dread’s new ENDGAME CAPTCHA system

“With this I’m going to be adjusting how the captchas on dread are deployed to hopefully to reduce the amount of captchas overall.”

How to solve Dread’s CAPTCHA according to moderator of Dread, Paris:

There are three of the same colored icons in three lines at different locations. Some of the icons are darker than others. When you see the three lines of icons copy the corresponding placement of the dark icons to the right and press verify.

UNDERGROUND Drugs Shop – How you can buy cocaine online

UNDERGROUND Drugs Shop? Available to everyone online? Operating without all those boring outdated security features no one wants? Did you ever asked yourself if there is such a thing? A website where you can buy any drugs you ever imagined? Coke? Speed, Ket, LSD, Weed, Heroin? Dutch Drugs Store or dutchanonstore is the answer. In today’s post we will be covering one of the prominent dark web drugs shop.

Disclaimer: This post is meant to educate the general public on how easy is to buy drugs online today, the risk of it and what you can do prevent this. deepwebmarketsreview in no way condone or endorse the use of illicit drugs.
UNDERGROUND Drugs Shop

About one week ago, Royal Mail delivered an ordinary envelope to Steven’s door. Inside was a tiny vacuum-sealed plastic bag containing 3.5g’s of highly addictive drug – Cocaine. Steven, a DJ in South-Essex ordered more than 20 grams of this drug through online website Dutch Drugs Store. He found the website trough a friend he knew, visited it through Tor, a specially-designed internet software to conceal your IP address. “Under there you had instructions” he said. “It’s like, creating an email, shooting up a message, paying with the digital currency Bitcoin and you’re done. There was no PGP, no complicated encrypted links. It’s was plain and simple”

Dutch Drugs Store, a digital drugs market exists more than a year now. According to multiple reviews on the website it has more than 600 active users and growing. What makes it so effective it’s the easy of buying. “It’s like you’re buying books on the Amazon. It’s Amazon for drugs” said Steven.

Shop page of Dutch Drugs Store

In the picture above, there is just a small selection what we could find on the website. From 1 gram of 95% cocaine, to the 10 LSD tabs featuring Bears, a gram of Afghan Heroin and much more.

Posted listings are located all over the world, while majority of them are from United Kingdom and United States.

Finding the website was not tricky at all, considering how tricky was finding the original Silk Road for example. This drugs shop sits in plain sight, operating on the normal web, but It’s still underground shop for drugs.

Full review conducted by deep web markets review can be found here

Empire Market Vendor Xanax King Arrested

Empire Market Vendor Xanax King arrested again for alleged dark web drug manufacturing scheme – A Martinez man on supervised release for a 2015 conviction for manufacturing and selling pills designed to look like Xanax was charged with producing counterfeit drugs containing the same active ingredient as Xanax out of a Concord warehouse, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

Empire Market Vendor Xanax
Empire Market logo

Jeremy Donagal, 41, also known as the Xanax King, or XK, was charged Friday with selling the counterfeit pills on the dark web — a segment of the internet that requires specialized software to access and which can grant users greater anonymity. He was arrested Wednesday inside his Concord warehouse, authorities said.

Donagal had signed a lease in December 2018 for the warehouse on Solano Avenue, where he allegedly had ” multiple pill presses, plastic trays with punches and dies in them, thousands of pressed tablets, packaging and shipping materials, and other equipment consistent with a mail-order business,” according to the news release.

Donagal was allegedly manufacturing and selling generic alprazolam pills, which contain the same active ingredient as Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication. He took care to make his pills look identical to the real thing, prosecutors said.

“At its height, (Donagal’s) operation manufactured and distributed well over 1,000,000 alprazolam tablets in a single week, and Defendant sold these tablets for between $.50 and $1.00 per pill, depending on the quantity of the order,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Barry wrote in a 2015 sentencing memo.

According to the criminal complaint, Donagal was manufacturing the alprazolam pills and using the same markings as Sandoz Inc., one of the largest drug makers in the country, which recently agreed to plead guilty in an anti-trust and price-fixing scheme.

Donagal was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for his 2015 conviction, but was released in 2018. The sentence included three years of supervised release.

Before he was sentenced, Donagal wrote a letter to the court in which he apologized for his conduct. He said his criminal life started after a series of personal tragedies, including the death of his mother and being diagnosed with cancer, which led to a pain medication addiction. He had “great remorse,” he wrote.

“Through this experience, and from this moment forward, I have made a commitment to myself; a commitment to not only be a smart man, but through lessons and life experience to develop, transform, and transcend to a wise man,” Donagal wrote.

On Friday, the government also filed a motion to revoke his release, saying he began setting up a counterfeit drug manufacturing operation almost as soon as he was released from prison.

“He set up a laboratory and pill press operation to manufacture the counterfeit pills, and he established a dark web vendor site to sell the pills nationwide,” the motion reads. “He also established vendor pages on dark web criminal marketplaces like Samsara and Empire.”

In 2014, Donagal and five others were arrested in Contra Costa County and accused of manufacturing counterfeit Xanax, a trademark of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc., as well as other charges including money laundering for wire transfers he allegedly sent to China — charges that could have lead to up to 50 years in federal prison.

Donagal made his first federal court appearance on Friday. He faces up to four years in prison and one year of supervised release for the charge of possessing equipment to produce counterfeit drugs, and three years in prison and one year of supervised release for the charge of counterfeit drug manufacturing and sale.

Darwin man arrested after purchasing from the Dark Web

Darwin man arrested with an alleged links to dark web criminal network – A 19-year-old Darwin man will face court today (14 May 2020) after becoming the second person arrested as part of a joint investigation into a nationwide criminal network allegedly using the dark web and postal system to traffic illicit drugs.

Darwin man arrested
Drugs seized during bust

The Northern Territory Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (NT JOCTF), comprising the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Border Force (ABF), Northern Territory Police (NTPOL), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Department of Home Affairs (DHA), began the investigation into the network after detecting a number of drug importations destined for Darwin.

Between 22 April 2020 and 11 May 2020, the NT JOCTF made 10 seizures of domestic parcels containing illicit drugs sent to three appropriated identities. The purchase of the drugs and their receipt in Darwin are believed to have been made online via the dark net. It will be alleged the illegal activity was paid for using digital currency in an attempt to avoid police detection.

In total, the seizures included small amounts of heroin, synthetic heroin, morphine, methamphetamine, cannabis, LSD tabs, MDMA and an undetermined quantity of prescription medications.

On 12 May 2020, police arrested the 19-year-old man who allegedly arrived to collect a parcel of 230 grams of MDMA that had been seized the previous day.

Following the arrest, NT JOCTF investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s residence in Wagaman, NT, where they seized a variety of dangerous drugs and illicit pharmaceuticals, $10,700 in suspected proceeds of crime, and other items believed to contain further evidence of drug trafficking.

The man was refused bail and is scheduled to face the Darwin Local Court today (14 May 2020) on the following charges:

  • Two counts of  possession of Commercial Quantities of Schedule 1 Dangerous Drugs, pursuant to Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1990 (NT);
  • Two counts of  supply of Commercial Quantities of Schedule 1 Dangerous Drugs, pursuant to Section 7 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1990 (NT);
  • Possession of Trafficable Quantities of Schedule 1 Dangerous Drugs, pursuant to Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1990 (NT);
  • Possession of less than Trafficable Quantity of Schedule 1 Dangerous Drugs, pursuant to Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1990 (NT);
  • Possession of Trafficable Quantities of Schedule 2 Dangerous Drugs, pursuant to Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1990 (NT);
  • Possession of less than Trafficable Quantity of Schedule 2 Dangerous Drugs, pursuant to Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1990 (NT);
  • Unlawfully using identifying information, pursuant to section 228C Criminal Code Act (NT); and
  • Receiving or possessing tainted property, pursuant to section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1990 (NT).

The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years’ imprisonment.

This is the second arrest made by the NT JOCTF in relation to the nationwide criminal network allegedly using the postal system to traffic narcotics.

On 22 April 2020, a 23-year-old Darwin man was arrested and charged with similar offences . It is not alleged the two individuals were acting together.

AFP Superintendent Matthew Ballard said the outcome shows that authorities are continuing to shine a light on the dark web and the illegal drug trade.

“This investigation shows that criminal activity conducted online has serious consequences in the real world,” Superintendent Ballard said.

“While criminal networks are looking for ways to circumnavigate COVID-19 travel restrictions, authorities will adapt as required to protect the NT community and ensure perpetrators face the full force of the law. The AFP and our partners will not allow criminal networks to target Territorians and profit from the pain these insidious drugs cause to our community.”

Darwin man arrest press release can be found here

Dark Web Fentanyl Dealer Pleads Guilty

Dark Web Fentanyl Dealer from Kelowna Pleads Guilty – A Kelowna man has pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to what police called “one of the most sophisticated” fentanyl trafficking enterprises uncovered in Canada.

Dark Web Fentanyl Dealer
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Cassie Bonthoux and James Nelson

In August 2017, Kelowna RCMP raided a Black Mountain home and the Duke & Duchess clothing store in downtown Kelowna, the culmination of an 11-month investigation that tracked drug distribution on the dark web.

Two months later, police announced to the public they had seized 120 grams of suspected fentanyl or carfentanil, and said the drugs were destined for Canadian, American, European and Australian cities.

Despite police calling the operation “one of the most significant and perhaps the most sophisticated fentanyl/carfentanil trafficking and exportation enterprises that has been uncovered in Canada to date,” no charges were laid until almost a year after the raid, when 14 separate charges were laid against James Nelson and Cassie Bonthoux, including several counts of trafficking, importing/exporting controlled substances, and firearms offences.

Bonthoux owned the Duke & Duchess clothing store at the time, but it has since shut down.

Last summer, the Crown stayed six of the charges the couple was facing, before Nelson pleaded guilty this past February to trafficking in fentanyl and possession for the purpose of trafficking in carfentanil. As part of the plea deal, the Crown is expected to stay Nelson’s remaining charges once sentencing is complete. Bonthoux’s charges remain before the court, and her next appearance is scheduled for May 19.

Nelson’s two-day sentencing hearing was scheduled in Kelowna court this week, but due to the COVID-19 virus, the hearing was postponed. The pair remain out of custody, and a new sentencing date for Nelson is expected to be scheduled Friday.

Additional charge filed against man for robbing Pharmacy for Xanax

Additional charge filled against man for robbing pharmacy for Xanax with intent to resell on the dark web – A man accused of robbing a pharmacy while saying he had a concealed weapon received an additional felony charge.

Additional charge

Brad Thayne Bingham, 31, was initially charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, third-degree possession of a firearm by a restricted person, and class-B possession of a controlled substance. According to documents filed with the court, Bingham now faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a third-degree felony.

Cache County prosecutor Barbara Lachmar said evidence found by police led to the additional charge. Lachmar said police found evidence on Bingham’s phone suggesting an intent to distribute in addition to products believed to be purchased on the dark web.

The initial charges were filed after a robbery of the Intermountain Healthcare InstaCare pharmacy in Logan on March 4. According to a probable cause affidavit, a man entered the pharmacy wearing a hood and sunglasses. He passed a note to a pharmacy employee demanding Xanax and instructed the employee not to call police or press the panic alarm. The man told the employee he had friends outside listening to a police scanner and he would “take care of everyone in the building” if the employee didn’t follow his directions while gesturing to his hip, police wrote.

The man was given about 470 individual pills in three separate bottles valued at around $756, police wrote.

According to the affidavit, Bingham had called the pharmacy several times the day prior asking for Xanax. Police allege that file photos, online photos and surveillance footage were used to identify Bingham. Bingham was arrested outside his residence while riding a bicycle. According to police, he had a .45 caliber handgun in the backpack he was wearing at the time. Police found alprazolam matching the stolen dosages and the clothes believed to be worn during the robbery.

Bingham is being held in the Cache County Jail on no bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 30 for a decision to prelim hearing.