Dream Market Vendor Sentenced to 50 months in prison

Dream Market Vendor Sentenced to 50 months in federal prison for selling drugs via the dark web – Christopher D. Bania, 26 of Hobart, was sentenced Tuesday to 50 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger for the Eastern District of Wisconsin said in a press release.

Dream Market Vendor Sentenced
Christopher D. Bania 26

According to the plea agreement, Bania sold narcotics including MDMA (“Ecstasy”), cocaine, DMT, ketamine, LSD, MDA, methaqualone, marijuana, and a variety of other controlled substances. To make his sales Bania utilized dark web marketplaces, including Dream Market, Zion, Wall Street, Hansa, Trade Route, and Alpha Bay. Alpha Bay and Hansa were shut down by law enforcement in July of 2017.

The dark web is a part of the internet that is unreachable by traditional search engines and web browsers. Websites on the dark web have complex web addresses generated by a computer algorithm and must be accessed using special software that is capable of connecting to “The Onion Router” network, or “TOR” for short. The TOR network is encrypted and routes internet traffic dynamically through a series of computers around the world, concealing the true Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the computers accessing the network and thereby making internet use virtually anonymous.

This perceived anonymity has led to a proliferation of criminal activity on dark web marketplaces, where users can find vendors, like Bania, offering illegal goods and services for sale.

In handing down his sentence, Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach noted that despite Bania’s lack of a prior criminal record, his involvement in the community, and the outpouring of support from friends and family who packed the courtroom, his was a “crime of significant magnitude” that required a substantial prison sentence.

Griesbach also noted while Bania was himself a user of controlled substances, his activities on the dark web functioned primarily as a “money making enterprise.”

“This four-plus year sentence for a first-time offender sends a clear warning about the seriousness of drug trafficking on the dark web,” said United States Attorney Krueger. “Just because one deals narcotics from home does not mean one can escape the law. I commend the outstanding work of the multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that investigated this case and brought it to conclusion.”

In addition to the prison sentence, Bania was ordered to forfeit cash and cryptocurrency valued at approximately $1.5 million.

Following his prison sentence, he will spend three years on supervised release.

This case was a joint investigation of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation, the Brown County Drug Task Force, the Hobart/Lawrence Police Department, and the Oneida Police Department.

Christopher D. Bania, Dream Market Vendor that has been sentenced today has been indicted on April 3 2019. Full press release by DOJ can be read here

Empire Market Vendor DrXanax Arrested in Canada

Empire Market Vendor DrXanax arrested in Canada by RCMP – The suspect, Arden McCann, 32, is now the subject of an extradition request to the United States, where he could be sentenced to a long prison term.

Empire Market Vendor DrXanax
Arden McCann, a 32-year-old Montarvillian, was arrested by the RCMP on Wednesday for exporting $ 18 million worth of synthetic drugs to the United States | photo by facebook

The resident of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, on the South Shore, appeared at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday, before Superior Court judge Johanne St-Gelais. He is charged with drug trafficking and money laundering in the United States. McCann remains in custody pending further legal proceedings. He is scheduled to return to court in April.

In 2015, Arden McCann was arrested as part of an investigation by the Laval police, which led to the seizure of five pill presses and two million counterfeit tablets, mainly Xanax. McCann’s role then seemed peripheral to the Laval file. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and received a 90-day jail sentence with a $ 2,500 donation to charity. Two of his co-defendants in this case were the sons of police officer Ian Davidson, the “SPVM mole” who had tried to sell the secret list of police informants to the Mafia.

But in the case for which he was arrested on Wednesday and is threatened with extradition, McCann’s role would be central.

According to American court documents, the Montarvillois was active on different dark web sales platforms, such as AlphaBay, Dream, Wallstreet, Nightmare and Empire.

The dark web is the underground internet, a set of sites accessible through software that protects the identity of users.

On these sales platforms, McCann used different pseudonyms, such as DrXanax, Xanaxlabs, TheMailMan, RCQueen as well as Pasitheas, named after a Greek goddess, Pasithea (or Pasithea), personifying relaxation, meditation, hallucinations and altered states .

McCann is said to have exported tens of kilograms of fake Xanax tablets, but also fentanyl and other synthetic opiates. Fentanyl is an opioid 40 times more potent than heroin, which has been linked to tens of thousands of fatal overdoses in the United States.

McCann is said to have imported the substances from China, had them processed in Canada, and exported them in large quantities to accomplices in the United States. The latter, considered to be torchbearers, then sent them by mail, in smaller quantities, to American customers. The drug has always been paid for in cryptocurrency (bitcoin).

Export to the United States was done by different routes. In January 2016, U.S. customs officers intercepted a 21-year-old young man who had just been spotted by motion detectors as he walked on a railroad track through a forest on the border between Vermont and Quebec, near Potton, in the Eastern Townships.

The man, who was on the American side, all dressed in white, as if to camouflage himself in the snow, pulled, at 1 am in the dark night, a sleigh on which rested a large bag. His footprints showed that he was arriving on the Canadian side. Officers who intercepted him found approximately 82 kilograms (182 pounds) of counterfeit Xanax tablets in his bag. The cargo was worth 1.6 million on the black market. The suspect, Cédrik Bourgault-Morin, pleaded guilty and received a year in prison in the United States.

A few months later, the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) met one of the American accomplices of McCann, a torchbearer who would become a repentant witness. The man eventually admitted that the load seized from the sled had been sent by McCann. The repentant witness visited McCann in Montreal two weeks before this failed delivery. It allowed American investigators to identify McCann in photos. McCann later warned the accomplice that he would no longer do business with him and that he would find new torchbearers in Texas.

In July 2017, the American authorities seized and deciphered information from the sales platform of the dark web AlphaBay and traced the transactions supposedly carried out by McCann, under its various pseudonyms.

At the same time, investigators from the RCMP C Division’s Joint Organized Crime Investigation Unit (UMECO) placed the suspect under surveillance. A hidden camera was monitoring his residence, his communications were being watched, and an undercover agent was in daily contact with him, according to what was exposed in court. Last fall, the RCMP searched McCann’s home and seized electronic devices and three encrypted computer media.

The cross-checking of the information found on the AlphaBay platform and the computer media made it possible to demonstrate that the different pseudonyms on which the investigation was based were controlled by the same person. It also made it possible to find a list of customers and a large number of purchase and payment transactions.

According to analyzes by the American police, the pseudonyms that McCann used were linked to more than 10,000 transactions on the various sales platforms of the dark web between November 2015 and July 2017, for a total amount of 16,752 bitcoins, l equivalent to 18 million Canadian dollars.

Investigation by the American police revealed that transactions would have continued with the pseudonyms probably used by McCann until barely a week ago.

The RCMP is currently conducting an investigation related to this case, which would explain the eight searches carried out on Wednesday on Lite Boulevard in Laval, Montreal and Montérégie.

U.S. police say they seized McCann-related cryptocurrency accounts the same day.

Because McCann would be able to flee the country and part of his assets would be outside the traditional banking system, American police asked their Canadian counterparts to arrest him provisionally, before requesting his extradition.

Empire Market Scam Vendors – Check if a vendor is a scam

Empire Market Scam Vendors – Check if a vendor is a scam – While Empire Market itself is not a scam market, there are still a lot of scam vendors operating on the site conning hundreds of customers monthly. Being new to the dark web might not go in your favor because it’s not really that easy to spot scammers on Tor Markets.

Empire Market Scam Vendors

That’s why we decided to create a public available Empire Market Scams Vendors page to help all new users avoid being scammed. Be sure to check this page daily to be alerted and protected by scams.

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.

UKDE

Super_Shards

PharmacyofDrugs (DOXING customers)

BrazilBulk

Medsguru

Street

CardingMaster

addy4cheap

kushman

xxMarlborOxx

This will be a growing list. Again, please use comment section below to report any scammer vendor operating on Empire. Don’t forget to check out Markets and Shops section for Legit Markets and Shop.

Dark Web Drug Dealer charged for selling Xanax

Dark Web Drug Dealer charged for selling Xanax online – Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Friday they said bought and sold illegal drugs via the “dark web.”

Dark Web Drug
Collin Castillo

Collin Castillo, 21, listed as a student at East Georgia State College, faces several charges after a month-long investigation into alleged drug activity at his Cottage Row home on Hwy. 67, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.

Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team members have spent the past month surveilling Castillo, who was “suspected to be selling quantities of liquid Ezitolam, a benzodiazepine not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and commonly imported into the USA by use of the ‘dark web’ and paid for with untraceable crypto-currency,” he said.

Brown said CST members conducted “undercover buys and operations” and caught Castillo in the act of buying some Xanax via the dark web, using “crypto-currency.”

Castillo had the illegal drugs shipped to his home, but deputies intercepted 1,100 pressed pills with markings not consistent with any pharmaceutical drug manufactured anywhere in the USA, Brown said.

Castillo was taken into custody on charges of sale of a Schedule IV drug; purchase of a Schedule IV drug with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during commission of a crime; criminal attempt to distribute a Schedule IV drug; possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession/use of a drug related object.

He is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail pending further court hearings.

Dublin man arrested, used ‘dark web’ to view and share child porn

Dublin man has been arrested for using the dark web to view and share child pornography – A 52-year-old man accessed “the dark web” to view and share child pornography, the district court heard.

Dublin man

Andrew Sankey (52), 21 Cedarbrook Walk, Cherry Orchard, Dublin, was charged with possession of child pornography, at his previous address in Mountrath, on June 1, 2016.

Garda Sgt Brian Kennedy gave evidence that an image of child pornography was uploaded to a website which was identified by authorities in the USA, who contacted the gardaí.

A bench warrant was obtained for the accused’s home and electronic devices of his were seized. The accused made a statement to gardaí, admitting to having and sharing child pornography.

He identified the image as one he had uploaded.

Sgt Kenney said the image was category one and depicted a prepubescent teenage girl in an erotic pose.

Defence, solicitor Mr Barry Fitzgerald said the accused had his own background issues, to which Sgt Kennedy confirmed that the accused had made an allegation to gardaí about an incident from his youth.

Mr Fitzgerald said the accused had been subject to a very unpleasant experience himself and had been labouring under the turmoil of that, suffering depression and anxiety.

Mr Fitzgerald went on to say that the accused had not required a password to access the website, which was a disturbing aspect of the case, and had simply entered “the dark web”.

He said the image was category one, the lowest possible type, and there had been no injured party directly affected by his behaviour.

To this, Judge Catherine Staines said she totally disagreed with defence’s claim that there was no injured party.

“The injured parties in child pornography are young children who are abused for the sexual gratification of adults, anyone who watches it is responsible for the abuse of these children,” said Judge Staines.

Saying the offence merited a prison sentence, Judge Staines decided that she wanted to see a probation report on the accused before finalising the case.

The matter was adjourned to June 4 next.

Dark Web Meth Ring Jailed for 8 years

Dark Web Meth Ring Jailed for 8 years – The drugs were concealed in a Playstation, cosmetics, chargers, a rice cooker and a vibrating slimming machine. 

But the mother and daughter’s drug importation scheme was foiled when Customs intercepted the packages bound for homes in the Waikato and Invercargill. 

Now four years after the bust that stopped up to $2.7million of pure methamphetamine hitting New Zealand’s streets, the domestic “lead” Karen Colleen Morgan, has been sent to jail for eight years.

Dark Web Meth Ring
Judge Noel Cocurullo sentenced Karen Colleen Morgan to eight years jail.

Morgan, 57, from Invercargill, her daughter Rochelle-Lee Dawn Morgan, 29, of Hamilton along with Shontal Jane Ollett of Huntly were jointly charged following the Police and Customs operation in 2016. 

Rochelle-Lee Morgan was sentenced to seven years and 10 months jail for importing a total of 2.827kg of methamphetamine, while Ollett was jailed for five years and six months on five charges last year.

Karen Morgan was the last to be sentenced in Hamilton District Court this week after pleading guilty to seven counts of importing a Class A controlled drug. 

Facts outlines in court stated that between February 1 and June 23, 2016, Customs intercepted seven imported packages containing pure methamphetamine. 

The packages came from Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia and Thailand and addressed to various homes in Hamilton, Huntly and Invercargill. 

They were sent using international courier, express mail and insured post. When they arrived in New Zealand they were assigned a tracking number. 

The drugs were found inside cardboard boxes concealed within the workings of a PlayStation, rice cooker, chargers and vibrating slimming machine, as they passed through the international mail centre and courier freight stream.

In Morgan’s case the total weight of methamphetamine imported was 3.4kg with a street value between $1.7- $2.7million. 

“You had a significant part to play in bringing methamphetamine into this country in a significant quantity which ultimately if got through would have yielded significant misery…particularly to those people most vulnerable,” Judge Cocurullo said during sentencing. 

Exactly how the drugs came to be in the packages was unclear but police obtained phone records that showed calls and text messages tracking the packages in New Zealand. 

In some cases items were addressed to people known to Morgan. An IP address tracking one of the packages came from a Hamilton house where Morgan was the registered account holder. 

“In addition to the organisational role in delivering the methamphetamine, on an occasion you were involved in a money transaction,” Cocurullo said. 

It appears that Morgan had the contacts with whoever was at the back end of the overseas IP addresses, he said.

This was highly organised and pre-meditated offending, Crown Prosecutor Geraldine Kelly said. An attempt to bring in a large quantity of methamphetamine for commercial purposes. 

Morgan, and her co-offenders, were the New Zealand contacts, and Morgan was the “lead” in this offending. 

Her travel to India and contacts in Nigeria shows she was more involved than someone simply “dragged” into it. 

The Crown had found no evidence Morgan had profited financially in New Zealand although it was possible she had money offshore.

Kelly sought a starting point of 15 years, with a 15-20 per cent discount for guilty plea given it was only after Ollett gave evidence against Morgan that she accepted further charges.

She did not seek an uplift for Morgan’s time spent in jail in Thailand due to money offending.  

Defence counsel Fiona Guy Kidd QC accepted that Morgan’s offending was slightly more than her daughter, but nothing more than 14 years was appropriate.

In assessing Morgan’s culpability Cocurullo said he needed to consider is there was any proof to claims she was “coerced by two males offshore with threats of retribution and violence”. 

“While I accept there is an international component..I’m struggling to give much credibility to the notion that over this offending you were under any significant degree of coercsion.”

Cocurullo began with a starting point of 14 years jail, giving two months for her time on electronic bail. He then allowed 20 months discount for personal mitigating factors and a further 15 per cent for her ill-health. Slightly over per cent was given for early guilty pleas.  

He then convicted and sentenced Morgan to eight years jail. 

Two Dutch Dark Web drug dealers arrested

Two Dutch Dark Web drug dealers arrested for running a large-scale dark web drug operation – The Hague police arrested two suspects last Thursday morning in an investigation involving close cooperation with German justice. The men are suspected of being involved in large-scale drug trafficking via the dark web.

Two Dutch Dark Web
Seized packages during investigations

The investigating agency in Frankfurt investigated a 38-year-old man from Pijnacker who regularly sent drugs to the post in Germany. The German judicial authorities suspect that in this way the sale and delivery of drugs via Germany to many hundreds of customers worldwide took place on the darkweb.

In May 2019, the Netherlands was asked via a European Investigation Order to cooperate in the investigation. The investigation then led to a 40-year-old man from Voorburg. This man is suspected to be the one who organized the sale on the dark web. The 38-year-old man from Pijnacker would then prepare the drug shipments and take them to Germany and Belgium to post to customers all over the world. The offer on the dark web covered almost all conceivable types of drugs: from amphetamine, XTC, cocaine and hashish to ketamine. Large quantities of drugs were found during a search in a shed.

The man from Pijnacker has been arrested in Germany and will be prosecuted there. The man from Voorburg will be prosecuted in the Netherlands. He has been brought before the examining magistrate today, who has determined that he will be detained for 14 days.

The investigation was conducted by the Regional Criminal Investigation Department in collaboration with the International Legal Assistance Center.

The research tackles an important supplier of drugs via the dark web. The men are held responsible for at least 1300 orders. In recent years they have been active in two other forums, which were closed earlier. Yet they found a way to continue their sales anonymously.

The dark web is a part of the internet that cannot be found or accessed just like that. Websites cannot be found via a search engine and the user needs a special program (and often log-in details) to get there. The dark web is widely used for criminal activities, such as selling drugs, weapons or child pornography.


Cryptocurrency Mixer PrivCoin shuts down

Cryptocurrency Mixer PrivCoin is shutting down it’s operations due to new and extensive regulations added to the European Union in January 2020. PrivCoin was one of the most used cryptocurrency mixers and even suggested by Empire Market owners.

Cryptocurrency Mixer PrivCoin
PrivCoin Homepage

Instead of the usual homepage on the PrivCoin website, users will now see Goodbye message posted on the website.

“Goodbye World

While we previously blocked users from countries with over-reaching regulations, new and extensive regulations added to the European Union in January 2020 have made it impossible to reasonably operate Privcoin.io

Privcoin has been not for profit and will donate the remainder of the “profits” made to worthy charities.

We sincerely hope that we have saved several lives by providing privacy services.”

Along with this message, admins and operators of Cryptocurrency Mixer PrivCoin posted a few links to the websites where it’s explained how PrivCoin was used in extortion and kidnapping schemes. One of the possible reasons for shutting down operations of PrivCoin could also be recent news of Grams admin being charged for running cryptocurrency laundering operation.

PrivCoin had large user base and it was suggested by Empire Market as a way to clean your coins.

HugBunter announcement on future plans for Dread Forum

HugBunter, the creator of Dread announced today that two years ago on February 15th, 2018 Dread has been launched. What was once planned to be small dark web discussion forum with 1,000 users, today grow to one of the largest deep web discussion forum and news resource with over 120,000 registered members.

HugBunter
Dread Forum logo

HugBunter, the creator and main administrator announced the creation of Dread on Reddit shortly after Reddit banned several dark web sub-reddits.

Here is the full announcement from HugBunter about Dread anniversary and future plans for this forum:

This is terribly late so I do apologize, but yesterday was Dread's 2nd Birthday anniversary since the launch on February 15th, 2018.

What a wild ride it has been in that period of time and I can't thank you all enough for making it was it is today. There is a lot more planned from here and we hope to continue providing a great community space for a variety of discussion with privacy and anonymity respected.

To recap on a few things:
I initially intended to build Dread as a small security discussion board, extremely niche and expected a capacity of around 1,000 users, which I thought as ambitious. The need for the type of platform, based on the Reddit format became realized when some large communities were blanket banned from Reddit and it felt like there was a lot more to come, oh boy was I right.

We've faced every manner of FUD by many people who would have a lot to gain from Dread's demise and have stuck to the beliefs that were the foundation of the platform, managing it as best I can whilst having tasks to work on surrounding the site every single day since.

The delusional Narco of "Gangsta's Paradise" who set out on a crazy FUD campaign posting spam to Dread daily for a LITERAL year after launch until he took it too far and I had to put an end to his cess pool of a forum.

http://dreadditevelidot.onion/post/952223d5220a6e625fa1

He's been quiet for a while but opened "DarkNetStats" a literal Darknet Fake News site.

The most prolific issue we have faced has definitely been the DoS attacks and whilst seemingly being the only service to actually overcome the attacks outside of mirror rotation has been a fantastic achievement, something we're proud of and which definitely wouldn't be possible without IQ 1000 /u/Paris

Some current stats to see the scale of things too:

User accounts: 121,194

Available posts: 93,285
Removed/Unapproved posts: 35,767

Available comments: 658,119
Removed/Unapproved comments: 45,685

Active Communities: 574
Removed/Banned Communities: 5

Sorry this post has been so late, we have an amazing announcement coming very shortly which I hoped to have ready yesterday so held out on any posts relating to the Birthday, stay tuned for big news!

Thanks guys!

For more information about what is Dread and where to find working links please visit our Dread Forum page

Canadian Dark Web Vendor “AlwaysOvrWeight” Busted

Canadian Dark Web Vendor “AlwaysOvrWeight” busted – Three people are awaiting charges in connection to a year-long RCMP investigation into alleged drug trafficking on the dark web from an operation based in Nanaimo, B.C.

Canadian Dark Web Vendor
Drugs seized during the raid by RCMP

The RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) began its investigation into online drug trafficking using the dark web and bitcoin exchanges in January 2019.

According to RCMP, Project EPateriform targeted a “prolific” dark web vendor known online as “AlwaysOvrWeight,” whose location was later narrowed to Nanaimo “using conventional and non-conventional techniques.”

Investigators gradually gathered evidence supporting allegations that “AlwaysOvrWeight” was facilitating the online sale of GHB, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, psychedelic mushrooms, fentanyl and other drugs to Canadians.

GHB is commonly known as a “date rape” drug or “club drug” that is often reported to be found in drinks spiked at parties or clubs.

RCMP were also able to gather evidence to identify people working behind the same “AlwaysOvrWeight” moniker.

On Feb. 4, RCMP members with both FSOC and the Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team executed a search warrant at a home in the 3900-block of Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo.

Inside the home, officers found a GHB processing lab along with evidence of drug packaging and trafficking.

The same day, police also executed a search warrant at a second home in the 6100-block of Kiara Place in Nanaimo, where “evidence of drug trafficking using the dark web” was found, according to RCMP.

Three suspects were arrested, but police say no charges have been laid yet as the investigation remains ongoing.

The RCMP extended thanks to Canada Post for their help and co-operation in advancing the investigation, along with the Nanaimo and Powell River RCMP detachments.

“Our determined investigators used ingenuity and innovative techniques to remove the anonymity of the internet from online drug traffickers,” RCMP Insp. Tim Arseneault said in a statement.

RCMP FSOC Supt. Richard Bergevin said police will “continue to work to enhance public safety for all Canadians in the real and virtual world.”

“This marks the success of a challenging project,” he added.