Hungarian man sentenced to eight months of incarceration in Austria for ordering €12,000 of darknet speed and ecstasy — busted by his postman

Akas K. is a Hungarian man residing in Austria who ordered €12,000 worth of amphetamine and ecstasy from the darknet under the alias “Johann Wagner.” He ordered multiple parcels to a gas station in St. Margarethen in Burgenland and would resell the drugs back in his Hungarian homeland. He was convicted to eight months in jail and 16 months suspended sentence by the court of Eisenstadt. (photo)

The investigation began when the postman alerted the police. The carrier became suspicious after interacting with the man for a few times. While he was delivering other parcels in the same area, Akas would always hassle the postman by insistently asking about his incoming package. Furthermore, the man spoke a broken German which also raised questions about his identity:

“Do you have a parcel for me, my name is Wagner.”

After the police got involved, a trap was set and shortly after they caught the dealer in flagrant. In the court of Eisenstadt, the drug dealer confessed:

“I’m not addicted myself, I did it solely because I knew I could make a lot of money out of it quickly,” the accused admitted frankly.

After a brief deliberation, the court sentenced him to a partial prison sentence of 24 months, of which eight months have to be served.

Taking into consideration the severe penal accusations, in this case, the offender received a light sentence. International distribution of high-risk narcotics is a serious offense and the fact that his court testimony was so sincere might have been the key to his reduced and suspended sentence.

The German penal code dictates:

“The illicit supply, cultivation, and manufacture of narcotic drugs carry penalties of up to five years’ imprisonment. The penalty range increases to 1-, 2- or 5-15 years in defined aggravating circumstances, which include factors such as larger quantities of narcotic drugs, supplying or involving minors, gang membership and carrying weapons.”


A German 36-year-old received a suspended sentence of two years for personal consumption of 125 grams of darkweb amphetamines

The Schöffengericht Konstanz court in Radolfzell, Germany recently convicted a 36-year-old man to a suspended sentence of two years, 120 hours of community service, and a bundle of probationary requirements for ordering 125 grams of darkweb amphetamines two years ago, in 2017.

The law enforcement traced the man after the infamous deep web platform AlphaBay was busted in the summer of 2017. Subsequent raids on two platform employees in Dortmund revealed an address label for the 36-year-old culprit from Radolfzell. The handwritten label also indicated the contents for the shipment: 125 grams of amphetamine plus seven grams of cocaine. Fortunately enough for the accused, the cocaine charge was dropped since it was a “present” from the sellers and not a specifically ordered item.

None the less, the raid on the 36-year-old man revealed other drugs. Police entered the culprit’s residence at the start of 2018, finding small amounts of marijuana and hashish, as well as several synthetic drugs and 20 tablets of a strong prescription analgesic. He claimed that he had received the strong, morphine-containing painkillers from a friend with cancer, but it didn’t convince the judge. The defendant had no choice but to confess to illegal drug consumption and possession.

The evidence presented in the District Court of Radolfzell was rather thin. Mostly because of the nature of the court which seeks to expedite criminal cases and private lawsuits through accelerated procedures, the so-called “fast judges.” More so, no witnesses have been presented in the courthouse against the accused. Because, according to the presiding judge, the discovery of the darkweb platforms had drawn an extremely high investigation effort for the processing police officers in Dortmund. Therefore, they would not have time to travel through the country constantly, to testify before numerous local courts. Also important, no specific financial transactions were presented since the accused paid in cryptocurrencies which are almost untraceable.

Luckily for the accused, the judge dismissed the cocaine citation because the shippers packed the seven grams of cocaine without request, for customer loyalty as a “treat,” a common practice in illegal drug trafficking. The man reiterated the fact that he did indeed consume stimulating narcotics to “compensate” his introverted type, but never did cocaine out of principle. Upon hearing such an apparent logical contradiction, the judge replied:

“It could have also been rat poison, what you whistled in there!”

The final verdict of a one-year prison sentence was suspended over two years on “favorable social prognosis,” taking into consideration the fact that the accused “harmed mostly himself.” On top of the two-year prison sentence, he’s required to take periodic urine tests, drug rehabilitation, and 120 hours of community service.


Three Romanian Darknet-supplied dealers get their preventive arrest changed to home arrest by the Criminal Court of Iaşi — the indicted traffickers may be gaining ground in the legal battle against DIICOT prosecutors

Gheorghe Dragoş Stoica, 24 years old, Adrian Iareş, 20 years old, and Mihai Mineaţă, 19 years old, are all from the Romanian city of Iaşi and will later be known as the “cartel” gang from the neighborhood of Mircea cel Bătrân.

The group has been accused of running a large-scale drug trafficking operation throughout the city’s streets and clubs.

According to the indictment, the three had sold prohibited substances to various electronic-music clubs in Iasi. The three young men have ordered multiple drug parcels through the darkweb, using other people in their entourage to receive the packages.


In May 2018, the three ordered nearly 1,500 tablets of ecstasy and 13 grams of cocaine, dividing their drugs according to each one’s contribution in a local forest named Galata. After some of their parcels were stopped at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany, the young people turned to the Netherlands, a country where legislation is more permissive. Later, in June 2018, the dealers made a new order, receiving more than 150 tablets of MDMA and nearly 40 grams of cocaine from the Netherlands. Then the lawmen intercepted the parcel and replaced the drugs with beans and flour. Multiple raids ensued shortly after.

Direcția de Investigare a Infracțiunilor de Criminalitate (DIICOT) police force was hunting the group shortly after the Afterhills festival. The police mention other techno and electronic music clubs: Answer Club (currently closed), Sunrise, Skin (from Ciric), Zone and Under. Traffickers also went to other cities to search for their clients.

“From the cases of recent years, it was found that many young people who participated in such events, where techno-specific music diffused, bought and consumed high-risk drugs on those occasions, knowing that the effects these substances exacerbate their state of ecstasy, energy, hearing sensations, in fact, consuming such substances may lead to severe, sometimes irreversible complications such as heart failure, heart attack, heart attack, kidney failure, dehydration, liver dysfunctions , an abnormal level of toxins in the body, severe hallucinations, impulsivity, anxiety, psychosis, paranoia, and many such effects “, is what DIICOT representatives had to declare.

More so, the group had dubious business initiatives since 2011 when they opened a coffee shop which sold “ethnobotanics” or synthetic marijuana and designer narcotics. The legal gray area allowed the shop to prosper economically for approximately two years and helped the gang to keep their profits, most of which, were not taxed.

Mihai Mineaţă was the only one to give detailed statements to the prosecutors, explaining that they were consuming, not just selling, forbidden substances. Besides ecstasy and cannabis, he said he was selling amphetamines:

“I assume, acknowledge and regret the offenses committed, I did not think it would come to such a thing, and I think one of the reasons was that because of the consumption of such substances I did not think rationally. My parents have a good situation financially, they support me both financially and morally, even my father advised me, on the occasion of the search, to give any drugs to the police, I think we have committed these acts out of stupidity and peer pressure,” declared Mihai.

Although the court’s decision to change the group’s preventive arrest to house arrest is a favorable thing for the accused, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will coincide with the final decision. The anti-drug law in Romania is severe and provides harsh penalties for drug traffickers. Although the nature of the case creates some difficulties for the current criminal system, it’s difficult to speculate a light sentence. Similar cases of international hard-drug trafficking get sentences from ten years upwards.


Six years imprisonment for the administrator of Darkweb forum DiDW

The district court of Karlsruhe, Germany sentenced the operator of the darkweb platform “Germany in the Deep Web” (DiDW), 31-years-old Alexander U., on Wednesday, 19th of December 2018, to a prison sentence of six years. The operator of the Darkweb Forum DiDW has been found guilty of negligent homicide due to the extended arms trading on his forum.

By far the most significant part of the punishment concerns the attack on the Munich Olympia shopping center in July of 2016 which resulted in the mass murder of 9 people and the death of the shooter. Although Alexander U. wasn’t the direct supplier of the Munich attacker, he was judged as a potential supplier, thus the negligent homicide prosecution. The rest of the punishment represents aiding in arms trafficking and “advertising” drug trafficking charges.

Initially, the prosecution asked for nine years and five months, claiming that the defendant aided both in weapons deals and drug sales. However, the court followed the prosecutor only partially. It dismissed some weapons trade accusations and lowered the “aid to drug trade” accusation to “advertising drug trade,” thus reducing the punishment.

The verdict is not yet final. The court allowed its decision to be revised. The two defense attorneys of Alexander U. said on that they would consider a follow-up call on arguing against the negligent homicide accusation. One of the lawyers, Heinrich Maul, is regarded as a revision specialist and was himself a judge at the Federal Court. The one-week revision period ends on the 27th of December.

The presiding judge Holger Radke said that with the juridic procedure against the DiDW operator is moving “on new juridical grounds.”

“A platform like this is a phenomenon of a new era. However, we must give answers to this with imperial standards.” The judge continued, “The Darknet does not exist. The net goal, which is meant by this term, is nothing forbidden. ‘Germany in the Deep Web’ was an anonymous platform from an original idea. That’s a beautiful thing. Because it is quite frightening how easily digital traces can be retraced. One must only think of countries in which freedom of opinion and the press are not so upheld as with us. If you would’ve created such a platform, you would have been well acclaimed. Unfortunately, you did not. The way you used the DiDW, you did a great disservice to your cause.”

This process was also particularly difficult because the main focus was on “one of the worst crimes after the Second World War” — meaning the attack in Munich. The court also heard the harsh words of the parents of a 14-year-old murder victim from Munich, saying that they no longer trust the prosecutors.

The forum had multiple categories. One of which was named “categories for the forbidden things” with two types of offers: “offer” and “offer certified.” Meaning that the defendant was checking most of the offers and deals himself. More so, in at least one case, a covert investigator “Gazza” received access to a weapons deal section by Administrator Alexander U. alias “Luckspax.”

“He had the gun area in view,” said Judge Radke. Although Alexander U. had moved the section into the category “Spackentreff” and referred to it, in his admission in court, as a “trashcan category.” He also claimed that “only scammers would appear” and that few deals were actually concluded. The judge agreed that both scammers and determined people roamed his forum: “We believe that weapons were traded there and the defendant did not care.” The judged continued saying that it’s impossible for such a smart individual with a computer science bachelor degree not to have realized the dangers of his deep web forum, especially in the light of so many terroristic attacks with dark web weapons. Some websites even speculated DiDW as being one of the possible sources for the terror attack in Paris at club Bataclan. To which the defendant, upon realization, had placed the weapons category temporarily offline.

“We are sure he accepted that real weapons were traded on the platform,” the judge said. “Any other interpretation would be foreign to the world and would mock the intelligence of the accused. Thus he had a share of responsibility for the actions of the Munich terrorist. It does not matter that he knew nothing about the actual weapons deal and also had no idea what the Munich assassin specifically intended. Alexander U. had it in his hand that the shooter could buy his weapon, the judge said. Had he paid attention and prevented the weapon deals, then he could have prevented the Munich attack. For the legal assessment, it does not matter that the Munich culprit might have looked elsewhere for a weapon. Alexander U. has attracted precisely the people who would like to have weapons, but never could legally buy one, namely, maniacs, psychopaths, and terrorists. Only such people are willing to acquire overpriced weapons without warranty from dubious circles.”

This case is comparable to the school attack in Winnenden, Germany where a 15-year-old boy shot 15 people in a school and then killed himself with the gun of his father who was accused of careless murder.

Turning to the defendant on last time, the judge said that it was “not without tragedy that this process should take place at all” — because the defendant was someone who could do a lot of useful things, that he belongs professionally with people that desperately need his knowledge: “Maybe you could make up for it in the future. It’s unfortunate that you got so outraged, that’s something you have to deal with yourself.”