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.com

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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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/

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
Photo: Facebook
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.

Philly men sentenced for importing fentanyl from China

Philly men sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for importing fentanyl from China – Two men, one from Delaware County and the other from Chester County, have been sentenced in a scheme to use the darknet to import dangerous controlled substances into the United States from China.

Philly men sentenced

Stephen Stroh, 56, of Morton and Vaughan Reiser of Landenberg were sentenced to 17 and a half years and six and a half years, respectively.

According to prosecutors, from the spring through December of 2017, Stroh and Reiser conspired to import furanyl fentanyl, methoxyacetyl fentanyl, U-47700, and other synthetic narcotics, from China into the United States.

After receiving the substances through the mail, they researched on darknet websites to figure out how to manufacture counterfeit pills. Some of the pills were made into fake oxycodone that contained fentanyl and Adderall that contained methamphetamine.

“Stroh and Reiser are dangerous drug traffickers, pure and simple – it makes no difference that they were using the Internet as opposed to working street corners. If anything, it makes their criminal conduct even worse, given the reach of the Internet,” William McSwain, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said. “The drugs these defendants were importing and distributing are extremely deadly, compounded by the fact that they were intentionally mislabeling them. A critical aspect of my office’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic is stopping and holding accountable international drug traffickers like these defendants, who richly deserve their significant prison sentences.”

They also used the dark web to order machinery and other parts from China to turn the materials into pills. The pills were then distributed to customs through the Internet and by mail.

Stroh and Reiser were paid in bitcoin and used cell phones, computers and self-destructing messaging apps to communicate.

“As Philadelphia continues to deal with a staggering opioid epidemic, these sentencings should serve as a reminder that trafficking in this poison will result in severe consequences,” said William S. Walker, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Philadelphia. “Additionally, HSI Philadelphia’s Cyber Crimes Investigations Task Force and our partners remain vigilant in protecting our communities from all cyber-enabled drug trafficking.”

Man charged with possessing & distributing child porn

Man charged with possessing and distributing child porn – The discovery of a cell phone containing images of child pornography resulted in an East Bernstadt man being arrested Thursday morning.

Man charged with
James Bargo

The press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office states that the cell phone was found by an unnamed person who found several images of minors engaged in sexual acts. Investigators then traced the cell phone to 29-year-old James M. Bargo of East Bernstadt and went to a residence off U.S. 25, two miles north of London.

Bargo admitted using the phone and downloading the videos and pictures of minors performing sexual acts from the dark web. The ages of the children in the pictures and videos ranged from six months old to teenagers. Bargo was charged with 40 counts of possession/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 40 counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, first offense.

Bargo is held under $10,000 cash bond.

The case was investigated by Detective Kevin Berry, Lieut. Chris Edwards and Detective Kyle Gray. Assisting in the investigation were Major Chuck Johnson, Sgt. Brett Reeves, Deputy Robert Reed and Detective Bryon Lawson.

Child Porn website DarkScandals Seized, admin arrested

Child Porn website DarkScandals seized by EUROPOL, admin arrested in the Netherlands – Dutch National Michael R. M. a/k/a Mr. Dark, 32, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Dark Scandals, a site on both the Darknet and Clearnet that featured violent rape videos and depictions of child pornography.  The nine-count indictment was unsealed today along with a parallel civil forfeiture action.  The defendant was charged with various counts of Distribution of Child Pornography, Production and Transportation of Obscene Matters for Sale or Distribution, Engaging in the Business of Selling or Transferring Obscene Matter, and Laundering of Monetary Instruments.

Child Porn Website DarkScandals
Seize notice posted on DarkScandals website

“Darknet sites that profit from rape and the sexual exploitation of children are among the most vile and reprehensible forms of criminal behavior,” said U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Shea.  “This Office will not allow predators to use lawless online spaces as a shield.  We are firmly committed to working closely with our partners in the Netherlands and around the world to bring to justice the perpetrators of these abhorrent crimes.”

“The types of crimes described in this indictment are the most disgusting I’ve encountered in 30 years of law enforcement.  It is a special kind of evil to prey on and profit from the pain of others,” said Don Fort, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation.  “Criminals should know if you leave a digital footprint, we will find you.  If you exploit our children, we will put you behind bars.  If you thought you were anonymous, think again.  The dark web is not quite as dark today due to the hard work of IRS-CI and our partner agencies.”

“The obscene material distributed by the defendant victimizes innocent and vulnerable people in our communities,” said Alysa Erichs, acting executive associate director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute these crimes, using all available resources to ensure that additional vulnerable victims aren’t exploited.”

The pleadings allege that the defendant, who resides in the Netherlands, operated the Dark Scandals sites that hosted and distributed videos and images featuring nonconsensual and violent sexual abuse.  Dark Scandals began operating in or about 2012.  Dark Scandals boasted over 2,000 videos and images and advertised that it offered “real blackmail, rape and forced videos of girls all around the world.”  Dark Scandals offered users two ways to access this illicit and obscene content, which was delivered in “packs” by the defendant via email to customers to download.  Users could either pay for the video packs using cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, or upload new videos to add to the content of the Dark Scandals sites.  The Dark Scandals sites included specific rules for the video uploads to the sites, which included “real rape/forced” content, and stated a preference for “own made material.”  The site specifically forbade “fake, amateur…or acted movies,” rejecting content if it did not portray real sexual violence.  The defendant allegedly received almost 2 million dollars from selling this obscene and illicit content.

A forfeiture complaint was also unsealed today.  The complaint alleges that law enforcement was able to trace payments of bitcoin and ethereum to the Dark Scandals site by following the flow of funds on the blockchain.  The 303 virtual currency accounts identified in the complaint were allegedly used by customers across the world to fund the website and promote the exploitation of children and other vulnerable victims.  The forfeiture complaint seeks to recover these funds and return the illicit funds to victims of the crime through the restoration process.  The forfeiture complaint also seeks to forfeit the previously seized website domains associated with DarkScandals.

The charges in the pleadings are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

The investigation was jointly investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (Washington, D.C.) and Homeland Security Investigations (Colorado Springs and The Hague).  The Dutch National Police of the Netherlands, Europol, and the German Federal Criminal Police (the Bundeskriminalamt) provided assistance and coordinated with their parallel investigations.

The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lindsay Suttenberg and Zia M. Faruqui, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Olinghouse, Supervisory Paralegal Specialist Elizabeth Swienc and Paralegal Specialist Brian Rickers, and Legal Assistant Jessica McCormick of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  Additional assistance has been provided by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Goodhand, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Youli Lee, and the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs.

Child Porn Website DarkScandals has been seized by EUROPOL, DOJ press release can be found here

Canadian man found Guilty in furanyl fentanyl case

Canadian man found Guilty off all charges in furanyl fentanyl case – A 25-year-old Yellowknife man has been found guilty of four charges related to his use and sale of furanyl fentanyl.

Canadian man found guilty
During his trial Darcy Oake said he purchased furanyl fentanyl for personal use. But the judge noted that he sent texts agreeing to sell at least some of the 10 grams he purchased. (Darcy Oake/Facebook)

At the start of his judge-only trial in August, Darcy Oake pleaded guilty to trafficking furanyl fentanyl, a synthetic drug designed to have similar effects to the deadly opiate fentanyl. On Wednesday morning, Northwest Territories Supreme Court Justice Shannon Smallwood also found Oake guilty of possessing the drug for the purpose of trafficking, illegally importing the drug into Canada, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The last charge was related to an overdose a friend of Oake’s suffered after he gave her some of the drug in exchange for some prescription tranquillizers she had. Texts entered as evidence during the trial showed the woman, who knew Oake had ordered 10 grams of the drug on the dark web, had been pressuring Oake to let her try it.

The woman, who admitted she had been addicted to fentanyl, said she passed out soon after she got home after snorting a line of the drug in the garage of Oake’s family home. She remained unconscious for more than 24 hours before being taken to hospital.

The woman’s eagerness to try the drug was not a significant factor in the analysis that led Justice Smallwood to find Oake guilty of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

“He knew there was a very real risk she could overdose,” said Smallwood. “He knew this because he had overdosed 12 hours earlier.”

During the trial it came out that, minutes after receiving the parcel he had ordered, Oake snorted two lines of the drug. He then took his pet pitbull for a walk. He passed out during the walk and was taken to hospital.

Oake’s parents sat through the whole trial and were in the courtroom for the verdict Wednesday. His mother dabbed away tears as Smallwood delivered her decision.

Earlier in the trial, his father testified that after the first overdose, Oake agreed to get treatment for his drug addiction. He was to take the first step, a counselling appointment at the Tree of Peace, later that week. But the morning of the appointment he overdosed again.

Oake admitted ordering the furanyl fentanyl on the dark web using a browser that hid his digital identity. But he said he thought it was coming from a supplier within Canada because the web site was in English and prices were in Canadian dollars.

Smallwood said Oake may not have known the drug was coming from Asia when he placed the order, but he did know later. He was given tracking numbers but found they were not on Canada Post’s parcel tracking website. Smallwood noted that he then Google searched the numbers and found they were connected to a tracking site in Hong Kong or China.

Oake testified he then contacted the web site to ask where his order was. The vendors said to give it a few more days, but then agreed to send another order.

“It was apparent he wanted the furanyl fentanyl and was not concerned whether it was coming from outside Canada,” said Smallwood.

Smallwood also dismissed Oake’s testimony that he ordered the drug for personal use. Texts police recovered from his phone showed he was in need of money and was arranging to sell it to pay off debt.

Oake is facing penitentiary time for just the two drug charges he was convicted of. Though only a few people in the N.W.T. have been convicted of trafficking fentanyl, they have received stiffer sentences than those trafficking in cocaine.

In 2016, for example, a street-level dealer selling fentanyl to support his own drug addiction was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

After Smallwood delivered her 90-minute decision, Oake’s lawyer said Oake had instructed him that morning to apply to have any guilty verdicts stayed because of the amount of time it has taken to conclude the case.

Oake was charged almost three-and-a-half years ago. Part of the reason for the delay is that Oake switched lawyers a year ago, just before his trial was originally scheduled to be held.

No date has been set for hearing Oake’s application to stay the charges due to the delay.

Philadelphia man sentenced for selling Xanax on the dark web

Philadelphia man Sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking Counterfeit Xanax pills via the dark web – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Michael Gordon, 32, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond to serve 20 years’ imprisonment, followed by three years’ supervised release, for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Court further ordered the defendant to pay over $2.7 million in restitution and to forfeit over $300,000.

Philadelphia man sentenced

From approximately December 2017 until October 2018, Gordon was involved in a sophisticated scheme to obtain counterfeit Xanax on the dark web in order to sell the counterfeit pills for a profit. He took numerous steps to conceal his illegal activity: for example, he coordinated the mailing of packages in covert ways, having them addressed to fictitious recipients and mailed to a variety of locations Gordon himself controlled in an attempt to thwart any investigative efforts. Additionally, he paid for the counterfeit pills using Bitcoin, re-sold the counterfeit pills for a profit, and then laundered the proceeds of his illicit drug business in order to conceal the true nature of the funds obtained from the scheme. Before he was stopped by law enforcement, the defendant illegally obtained hundreds of thousands of these highly addictive pills and re-distributed them. He pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2019.

“Simply put, Gordon placed the well-being of others at risk in order to satisfy his own greed,” said U.S Attorney McSwain. “Xanax can be highly addictive under normal circumstances, but the counterfeit version of Xanax can be even more addictive and potentially deadly. Gordon did not think twice about this danger, as he was focused solely on how to profit from the misery of others. He is now in prison, where he belongs.”

“Abuse of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, is a critical issue for a greater Philadelphia-area that is already experiencing an opioid abuse epidemic.  Add in the trafficking of counterfeit prescription drugs made of unknown substances from China and, now, we have significantly increased the risk to vulnerable consumers,” said William S. Walker, acting Special Agent in Charge for HSI Philadelphia. “Homeland Security Investigations and our law enforcement partners will continue to work tirelessly to investigate and remove dangerous narcotic traffickers from our communities.”    

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations Philadelphia’s Cyber Crimes Investigations Task Force (C2iTF) – a multi-agency initiative targeting cyber-enabled criminal activity. The Task Force is comprised of investigators and analysts from the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Drug Trafficking Area Initiative, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania National Guard, and the U.S. Secret Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy Beam Winter.

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