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Why there’s reason to be skeptical about Trump’s drug pricing order | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams

President Trump released an executive order on Sunday ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to begin the process of limiting what Medicare pays for prescription drugs relative to […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Pa. man shot at wrong house over botched drug deal, killing sleeping teacher: cops | #teacher | #children | #kids | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

It was a case of mistaken identity turned deadly. The suspect in the shooting death of a sleeping teacher tells police he was shooting at the wrong house. The accused […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#deepweb | Dark Web Fentanyl trafficker, ‘The Drug Llama,’ sentenced to 13 years in federal prison

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

ST. LOUIS -Melissa Scanlan, known as ‘The Drug Llama,’ has been sentenced to 160 months in federal prison in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for trafficking fentanyl throughout the United States via the ‘dark web,’ engaging in an international money laundering conspiracy, and distributing fentanyl that results in death.

This case was part of a months-long, coordinated national operation involving the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

‘With accessibility of fentanyl, it is imperative that the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners exploit all distribution avenues utilized by drug traffickers in Scanlan’s case,’ said DEA St. Louis Division Special Agent in Charge William J. Callahan. ‘Scanlan distributed poison in our community that resulted in death and she is now being held accountable.’

The crimes for which Scanlan was sentenced are as follows: one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, five counts of distributing fentanyl, one count of selling counterfeit drugs, one count of misbranding drugs, one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering, and one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. The 32-year old San Diego native pleaded guilty to those charges in October 2019. Scanlan’s co-conspirator, Brandon Arias, 34, was previously sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.

Facts disclosed in open court revealed that Scanlan and Arias created an account on ‘Dream Market,’ a dark web marketplace where users buy and sell illegal substances and services, and used that account to sell substantial quantities of narcotics while operating under the moniker, ‘The Drug Llama.’ The charged fentanyl distribution conspiracy lasted from October 2016 to August 2018, during which time Scanlan sold approximately 52,000 fentanyl pills throughout the United States.

According to court records, Scanlan and Arias made over $100,000 from their dark web drug trafficking and split the money evenly. Court records also demonstrated Scanlan’s participation in an international money laundering conspiracy with Mexican cartel members, as well as her role in aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl pills to a woman identified as A.W., who later died.

Commenting on the case, U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft assailed the culture of criminality that exists on the dark web.

‘Criminals like Melissa Scanlan who recklessly flood our communities with opioids may think they can evade detection in the shadowy corners and back alleys of the internet,’ said U.S. Attorney Weinhoeft. ‘But they will find no quarter there. Where they go, we will follow. With the collaboration of outstanding investigators at our partner agencies, we will use every tool and method available to find these people and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.’

‘Illicit opioid distribution, whether online or through conventional drug distribution methods, and the resulting overdoses and deaths, are a continuing national crisis. Those who contribute to that crisis through their illegal actions will be brought to justice,’ said Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Kansas City Field Office. ‘We are fully committed to disrupting and dismantling illegal prescription drug distribution networks that misuse the internet at the expense of public health and safety.’

The dark web is an underground computer network that is unreachable by traditional search engines and web browsers, creating a seeming anonymity to users. This false cloak has led to a proliferation of criminal activity on dark web marketplaces, like the one used by Scanlan and Arias.



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#deepweb | Indian authorities arrest their first crypto dark web drug dealer

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  • The suspect, Dipu Singh, is accused of selling psychotropic and prescription pills on the dark web.
  • He was taken into custody by the central anti-narcotics agency under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

In an investigation done by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), India has caught its first darknet crypto drug dealer. The authorities have seized 55,000 tablets in the arrest. The NCB participated in “Operation Trance” – a multinational crackdown on illicit dark web drug sales using couriers, international postal services, and private parcel deliveries.

Global post offices and international courier services were used as logistics for illicit trade. The payments gateways of cryptocurrency were used by the operators to conceal the transactions from law enforcement agencies.

The accused, Dipu Singh, is a 21-year old whose father is a retired army officer. Singh is accused of selling many psychotropic and prescription pills on the dark web and shipping them to the US, Romania, Spain, and other countries.

He started out by selling health supplements and erectile dysfunction medication on major dark web markets. Later, he began selling tramadol, zolpidem, alprazolam and other psychotropic prescription medications. The suspect was taken into custody by the central anti-narcotics agency under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. 

 

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#deepweb | ‘Britain’s FBI’ set for huge new powers to foil County Lines drug gangs

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Ministers are planning to give a huge budget boost and sweeping new powers to ‘Britain’s FBI’ to combat the growing threat of online paedophile rings, people traffickers and County Lines drugs gangs. It comes as the National Crime Agency reveals the frightening scale of organised crime […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | US Court Orders Dark Web Drug Dealer to Forfeit $150K in Bitcoin

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A United States court has ordered Christopher Bania, who recently pleaded guilty to drug distribution, to give up almost 17 Bitcoin (BTC) — worth roughly $150,000 at press time.

The plea, order and sentencing

Per the Oct. 19 order from a court in Wisconsin, Bania will need to forfeit “Approximately 16.91880054 Bitcoin seized from Bania’s ‘Local Bitcoins’ account.” Though worth roughly $153,100 as of publication, it is much less than the 124 BTC that the court is returning to the defendant, alongside various other cryptocurrencies and over $50,000 in cash seized from his residence upon arrest.

Though originally charged with money laundering, importation of controlled substances and maintaining a drug property, Bania’s plea on Sept. 6 was to the single charge of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. 

Bania’s plea admits to selling marijuana, cocaine, MDMA and LSD on the dark web. However, he denies distributing the methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine base that authorities also found at his home. 

U.S. border patrol originally launched the investigation into Bania’s dealings after intercepting two packages from Belgium containing MDMA. Investigators were able to trace Bania’s use of dark web distribution networks thanks to his transaction notebooks, which the court filings describe as “meticulous.”

Sentencing is currently scheduled for Dec. 9. 

Other recent dark web prosecutions in the U.S.

A couple in California pleaded guilty to similar charges in August, as Cointelegraph reported at the time.

Near the end of July, a Florida man admitted to operating a massive opioid distribution network online. The court in that instance fined him over $4 million.

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#deepweb | Dark Web Drug Seller Sinmed Goes Down—Thanks to ATM Withdrawals

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Until a few weeks ago, sinmed was one of the largest drug vendors at Dream Market, the foremost dark web bazaar. It took in millions of dollars shipping fentanyl-laced heroin, methamphetamines, and hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax tablets across the US—until the New York district attorney’s office shut it down, and arrested the three men who allegedly ran it.

Dark web takedowns happen all the time. But sinmed was a power player, among Dream Market’s top 3 percent of vendors in terms of sheer transactions. And its rise and fall, as detailed by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance and a recently unsealed indictment, shows not only how dark web storefronts operate, but also how law enforcement at every level has become increasingly savvy at tracking them down.

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When you read about dark web takedowns, they typically involve sweeping actions by federal agencies. The Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement team—made up of agents from the FBI, DEA, CBP, and more—announced in March that it had made 61 arrests and shuttered 50 accounts related to dark web activity as part of Operation SaboTor, a crackdown months in the making.

“It is definitely a significant arrest.”

Nicolas Christin, Carnegie Mellon University

But while the sinmed case involved cooperation from the Secret Service, US Postal Inspection Service, and Homeland Security Investigations, it originated—unusually—with the Manhattan DA. More precisely, with a tip the DA’s office received in 2017 about good old-fashioned suspicious ATM withdrawals.

“For time immemorial we have been saying that in cases of economic crime, it’s really all about following the money,” Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance said at a press conference Tuesday announcing the charges. “Pulling the thread and following the money in 2019 today is about knowing where to look on the internet and in cyberspace.”

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In late March 2016, the unsealed indictment alleges, 51-year-old Ronald MacCarty ordered 10 kilograms of microcrystalline cellulose from an unspecified vendor. It was the first of at least nine such orders he and Chester Arthur would place over the following two years; by May 2018, the size had grown to 500 kilograms.

On its own, MCC is harmless, mostly used as a binding agent. You can buy it on Amazon. But you can also use it to make pills. According to court documents, Anderson and MacCarty methodically worked their way up to doing just that. In July 2016, the two incorporated a company called Next Level Research and Development. From there, they attempted to buy a kilogram of alprazolam—sold commercially as Xanax—as well as a vial filling and capping machine, a powder mixer, a tablet press machine, and Xanax punch dies. Everything you need, as the indictment says, “to manufacture and sell tablets containing controlled substances.”

Over the course of their operation, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Anderson and MacCarty—along with Jarrette Codd—shipped more than 1,000 packages to buyers in 43 states, laundering $2.3 million in cryptocurrency along the way. At the time of the trio’s arrest on April 4, investigators seized 420,000 to 620,000 alprazolam tablets, 500 glassines of fentanyl-laced heroin, and assorted other drugs. All three men have pleaded not guilty.

Law enforcement seized hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax pills this month as part of the sinmed takedown.Manhattan District Attorney

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Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Stealing Athlete Drug Data Again

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Stealing Athlete Drug Data AgainSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The Fancy Bear hackers, believed to be sponsored by Russia’s main intelligence arm, the GRU, are back at it and have successfully breached the International Association of Athletics Federations. The IAAF is the world governing body for track and field. … The post Russia’s Fancy Bear […]

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Two arrested in Boyle County on identity theft, drug charges

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Two arrested in Boyle County on identity theft, drug charges

DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) – Police in Boyle County arrested two people accused of trafficking drugs and stealing the identities of multiple people.
The Boyle County Sheriff’s Department arrested Jordan Rousey and Michael Daniel on Tuesday.
Rousey and Daniel were found

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Las Pinas hacker nabbed for credit card fraud, link to drug trade

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested a self-proclaimed international hacker for credit card fraud and his involvement in illegal drugs trade in Las Piñas. NBI’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Division (NBI-AIDD) nabbed Edgar D. Silvano Jr. alias Boy Tattoo last Wednesday in a raid conducted at Unit 404 Hanalie Building Ohana Place Residence, Barangay Almanza […] View full post on National Cyber Security