Five Czech citizens were sentenced to prison pleading guilty to roles in the distribution of drugs purchased on the darkweb.
The five men appeared before the Ostrava Regional Court on October 20, 2021, for sentencing. Two defendants received custodial sentences and the other three received suspended sentences. The first two defendants admitted being in charge of the operation. The other three played minor roles in the group’s activities.
The EncroChat hack resulted in a significant increase in the number of drug labs detected by police in the Northern Netherlands, according to a recent report.
The six-month figures from the European Reporting on Illicit Synthetic Substance Production Sites (ERISSP) indicate that police in the Netherlands have detected fewer drug labs in the first six months of 2021 than in the first six months of 2020.
A North Carolina man is will be spending 26 months in prison following a conviction for purchasing oxycodone from a vendor on the darkweb.
Earlier this year, Wesley McKeehan, a resident of Salisbury, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone).
A federal indictment charged McKeehan with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and one count of distribution of a controlled substance in April 2021. The charges stemmed from an incident wherein the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration learned of a suspicious package en route to an address in Savannah, Georgia. The package was shipped to the business address of Eric Schmidt, 50.
A former Kent Police officer received a suspended prison sentence despite having child abuse content in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Thomas Blant, 38, a former police constable, was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years. Blant admitted that he had used the Tor browser to access child abuse content.
Note: The NCA claims they identified that Blant was using Tor to access a CSA wesbite. How did they associate his Tor traffic with his home I.P. address? ]
Investigators with the National Crime Agency (NCA) established that someone using an I.P. address associated with Blant’s home was accessing a child pornography site via Tor. Police raided his home on January 19, 2020. During the raid, investigators seized several electronic devices including Blant’s phone and laptop.
Police questioned Blant and his wife. Blant’s wife provided the police that she had been working at the time the child abuse site had been accessed. After hearing this, the police released her. The police learned that Blant was off-duty on the day the site had been accessed. Police arrested Blant. Kent Police suspended Blant after his arrest. He had worked as a constable for six years.
The popular Monero (XMR) to Bitcoin (BTC) exchange, XMR.to, is shutting down as a result of increasingly invasive money laundering laws and regulations.
XMR.to, an exchange that allows users to anonymously exchange Monero for Bitcoin, is shutting down. The writing has been on the wall for a while now, especially after draconian money laundering laws forced XMR.to to deny service to users in specific regions, such as the United States.