Teenager Jailed for Selling €4 Million Worth of Drugs on the Dark Net

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Dubbed by German newspapers as the “Bedroom Dealer,” Maximilian S. was an aspiring drug kingpin who ran an entire operation for two years out of his mother’s flat. Having sold a mixed bag of tablets, hashish and LSD (valued at around €4 Million) for bitcoin across the dark web under the screen name Shiny Flakes, Maximilian was finally caught when a neighbor illegally went through a package waiting on Maximilian’s doorstep. According to Norbert Goebel, the presiding judge at the Saxony state high court in Leipzig, the teen had been engaging in “highly criminal activity” since 2013, and facilitated the movement of “almost a ton of narcotics.” Upon raiding Maximilian’s house in Leipzig last February, the police found an assortment of drugs weighing around 300 kilograms, along with €48,000 in cash. The Bedroom Dealer’s one-man operation had been one of the most sophisticated in its nature. He had rented servers in Netherlands, used a group of IP addresses throughout Germany, and even opened multiple bank accounts under fake IDs to channel his profits through. During trial, a psychiatric evaluation of Maximilian showed that he had signs of “disturbed social behavior”, lacking emotional security. His 48-year-old mother, who was not allowed …

$80,000 in Bitcoin Seized in International Dark Web Crackdown

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Law enforcement agencies have seized $80,000 worth of bitcoin as part of an international undercover investigation that tracked the illegal selling of firearms on a dark website, according to a statement by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Four people across Australia have been charged with attempting to buy illegal firearms, while a further 17 arrests have been made across Europe and North America, the statement reveals. The joint investigation between the United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), AFP and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) focused on the international trade of illegal firearms by a US-based seller, who was later identified as a 33-year-old man living in Montana. The operation first started when ACBPS shared information with HSI, enabling agents to begin a covert operation using the seller’s account, which led to the identification of Australian-based customers attempting to buy illegal firearms. The controlled delivery of six parcels to addresses in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory also resulted in the seizure of a wide range of illegal goods, including firearms, ammunition, two clandestine laboratories, drugs, computer equipment and mobile phones. HSI acting special agent Kevin Kelly said the joint operation should serve as a warning to those using the dark web for …