58: OxyMonster

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Better do warning here. This episode is going to talk about drugs and dark markets through the whole episode. If you'd rather not listen to me go on and on about jugs for an hour our you might want to consider skin this one also in my hope to listen to episode twenty four. I no one's called Operation Bayonet which goes into detail about drugs being sold on these dark markets. You don't need an operation being at first but it does explain a lot of stuff in leads you up to the events before this one. So it's a good idea to pause this wind go do operation Bain at first and then come back to this one. The Internet has really brought to life. A whole new user. Base set traditionally was very different for instance stock market trading traditionally. This was a very slow system you I needed to get extra money to invest with which was easier to get decades ago then you call your broker to buy some stocks then you wait for And sell it maybe years later and during that time you might check the paper like like every day once a day once a week to see how things are going. Because that's all you really had access to you but the Internet has made stock market trading so different and you now have up to the second data on stock prices. Incredible tools to help spot. Potential buys an endless youtube videos. People teaching you how to do it. Stock Market could trading has attracted a much younger tech savvy audience now two people are in and out of the market and just a few minutes or seconds instead of years and you can set up trading bots or scripts and get alerts when prices hit a certain amount. And it's all done without talking to a single person and the traditional drug dealer has changed you. You used to be all done on the streets through in-person meetings which means to be a drug dealer. You probably want to be mean looking person that nobody wants to mess with. You've got to be able to hold your own own if the deal goes bad and not just let someone punch you in the face and steal all your stuff but now you can buy and sell drugs online and the online drug dealers are completely different group of people. The street smarts have changed instead of being able to defend yourself a bad deal that's been replaced with knowledge of shipping and packaging and instead of knowing how to hide from the local police patrolling the neighborhood and how to make deals in public casually without attracting any attention. All that's been replaced with the knowledge of being anonymous online because the most important thing for an online drug dealer is that they have to know how to stay hidden from the feds. Because it's not not your average cop looking for you you've got a huge task force of federal law enforcements around the world. All trying to figure out who the top sellers are of these sites so every move you do online is being watched by them. And you've got to be one hundred percent that your maintaining your anonymity because one wrong slip up of revealing just a tad. Too much information can have severe consequences. these are true stories from the dark side of the Internet I'm Jack reciter. This is dark net. Diaries support for this. Episode comes from seen by indeed is one of your resolutions this year to negotiate a big raise or find a new job even change your career indeed dot com is the place to go find jobs and now they make a service called seeing which is here to help you make your next big move whatever that means to you. Seen indeed. 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But here's the thing with opium. If you have some serious pain these drugs can make you feel a lot better but even if you take it for just five days have like a ten percent chance of becoming addicted to it and the longer you take it the bigger chance you have of being addicted. American doctors have a problem with over prescribing medication. So doctors prescriptions are a huge contributing factor to the OPIOID addiction. When the patient is no longer in pain and goes home from the hospital they might start feeling sick like they might start feeling nauseous and sweating and chills and vomiting anxiety and they crave their medication again? But of course the doctor won't give them any more so to help with their sickness. They turned to the streets to look for more of the same medicine. But of course the streets have a bigger variety of OPIOIDS ROYDS and for pretty low prices to and of course one of the easiest ways to buy street drugs now is online on dark net markets. It's just much easier inconvenient to buy drugs online but online dark net marketplaces are shady and secretive. They're online dealers. Playpen were real identities. These are hidden and illegal substances are everywhere like LSD hydrocortisone meth cocaine heroin Feno. It's all there in these markets have both sellers and buyers and when such dark market drug dealer is named Kyle knows he got arrested in the UK for selling drugs on a dark net market. Here's an interview he had with. UK's National Crime Agency you've been Aristo suspicion production position of control drug of say or you're responsible for the production production of the drug production. I've never produced anything. I old right from online. And it comes basically just distribute it and I said what what do you offer on your on your profile. What is offered free produce anything or kind of chemistry with defended their then? Do you put any clubs on any protective gear clubs I What do you think well? I know. There's a strong opioids which is quite strong appeal. But like I said I've got a born in page is very strong. Do not take as you know are it's got like I said it's all meshed correctly. Don't mix with anything else you. It's as long as the salvator you don't say if you're a Newbie. Try It kyle. Innocent Lived in Wales in the UK is twenty five years old and he was selling federal On alphabet Hansa and the dream dark marketplace's feno seriously toxic stuff one hundred times stronger than morphine and fifty times stronger than heroin. When going by the name Soviet bear he sold Fenton all to a hundred and sixty eight people across the UK the US and Europe in two thousand sixteen and Seventeen? Four of his customers actually died after taking it. Because that's the danger of fitna it's more lethal than any other illegal street truck in Kyle was caught and arrested on February fifth. Two thousand eighteen. He got sentenced to eight years in prison for law enforcement. Busting Bussing people on the dark. Net is a patient game of cat-and-mouse the vendors buyers admins of the websites are trying to keep out of the way of the Fed's on the dark net. No one's real identity has used used. Everyone is known by their chosen username. And these names are the only way to recognize anyone but not knowing anyone is what makes this a game of chance undercover agents. Lie In wait. They pay attention. They follow all the leads. If the users of the dark markets practice good operation security op SEC. It'll make it extremely extremely hard. If not impossible for feds to catch them. Usually the feds have to wait for a lucky break or for someone to mess up so they can then check that user to a real person in the real world Ross Ulbricht was founder of Silk Route one of the first big marketplaces. He was caught because he made a mistake and didn't cover his tracks. Well enough by the time me realize his mistake it was too late. He'd been spotted by the FBI and they were onto him Alexander Causes. He created another marketplace called alphabet. He to made a mistake. You can use personal e mail in the headers of a welcome email to his website. He used the same email address that was linked to his pay pal account which led the feds right to them to get into the darkness. You have to use tour. Tour is a head network that sits on top of the Internet but only people who are on this hidden network can see what's on tour and on top of that. There's a level of privacy that makes things a little more attractive. It basically hides your Address so you can't be tracked. The website doesn't know which. It Ip address. Any visitor actually came from and neither does anyone monitoring the traffic onto the site. Of course just hiding your Ip is not enough to keep you hidden and you need to set up a burner phone a burner email and do things like use a secure os like tales or cubes. And don't give any clues as to who you are like. Don't use the same browser to log gained facebook because that pretty much identified when you want to buy from dark market there's another security layer you have to consider to buy drugs. You need to tell the seller color your address and then pay for it. There's no payments screens or payback or debit card on the dark net into extra safe. You don't want the site admins to see the address you want things shipped to you so you set up a secure encrypted chat between buyer and seller. PGP pretty good. Privacy is the usual one used. It takes an extra step setup but it's worth worth a buyer wants to talk to a seller the seller poster. PGP encryption key on their profile then. The buyer uses that key to send encrypted messages to the seller color and only the seller has decryption key to see what was said. This makes a message really hard to read. If not impossible to read by prying eyes then to pay for are the goods you need to send money while historically there used to be things like eagled and Liberty Reserve. Something is far better than that now. CRYPTO currencies cryptocurrencies like. BITCOIN are the perfect way to pay for things. On the dark. Marketplace's it's easy to get. It's legal to own. Transactions are pretty quick low fees and it's completely anonymous. Bitcoin is not tied any person's name or address or social security number. Whoever owns the private key to unlock the BITCOIN? Wallet is who owns that Bitcoin. So so these dark markets all accept bitcoin. Sometimes other coins are accepted to like Minero. These are virtual currencies can be exchanged for local money. It's perfect for this and crypto currencies. Are untraceable actually. Wait a minute it turns out. They're not completely that untraceable. After all Silk Road was one of the biggest dark markets ever but it was brought down by the feds in two thousand thirteen. Shortly after that new dark markets were entering the ring thing. The dream market was stood up pretty quickly and it was modeled to look enact just like Silk Road which all the other markets were doing the same to the structure followed followed the same trend there were administrators and moderators to keep the site running smoothly vendors that sold illegal goods and buyers looking to make purchases on the quiet. But of course this kind of website will attract the FBI in a major way. Here's a clip from the FBI's website explaining what dark marketplaces are on dark marketplace's. They offer illicit goods such as the drugs. Guns hacked bank account and credit card information. Dark Matt drug vendors a little bit different than an actual street cornered dealer because of the reach that they have they have access to hundreds of thousands of buyers hires at a time from across the country as well as internationally so just by taking down one. Dark Net jug vendor. You can have the same effect as taking down. Hi traditional mid level size drug trafficking organization so you can see as dark. Net market started rising popularity also so attracted the attention of the Fed's dream market had a dual rating system for as vendors sort of like Amazon with star ratings from buyers the average score from vendors was shown on the profile along with the number of positive and negative reviews. They had built up a good sales history with satisfied customers. And they'd get a trusted vendor label assure signed to buy. This is a venue that they are safe to buy from. Dream Market also had a bug bounty system going so if anyone spotted added a bug or security issue on the site reports the admins and get seventy five bucks. One point alphabet became the most profitable dark market on tour and dream market was was the second-biggest but when Albay went down dream market stepped in as the new king of the scene and it was one of the longest running markets in the time. So sure why not go to a long running one which has a good reputation and this is where Kyle he knows sold drugs. You remember him. At the beginning he got arrested for selling. No the National Crime Agency in England was very unhappy about that so the NCAA set up a whole operation to try to catch kyle. Because they've ferociously fight right to get off the drug marketplaces because of how dangerous it is. It's just really lethal. And the worst part about Feno is that people mix it into heroin in and cocaine and sell it to people who are completely unaware. They're taking all at all. It's like fifty times more potent than anything you think you're taking and the reason why Feno gets leased into in other drugs is because it's cheaper to make so some suppliers will get some snow and try to sell it off as heroin to make more money Kyle said he sold Feno but simply passed it from from the supplier to the buyer and didn't try to hide what it was kyle was caught and arrested and a serving eight years in prison in May two thousand fifteen. A new new person registered an account on the market username was oxy monster and just six months after that oxy monster got promoted to administrator of the dream market. No admins are the top tiers in these markets have access to everything and have to be the most trusted. Is that a fall to be given such a role and just six months tells me oxy. non-serb was not new to the scene. No sensible site admin is going to give access to someone they knew nothing about six months ago that 'cause they could be anyone and that's the thing about these dark markets anyone could really be anyone including getting undercover police agents the DA FBI NCA are known to have their agents on undercover missions posing as buyers and vendors because they can use the anonymity of the dark markets to their advantage hiding in with everyone else watching and collecting data in fact in early. Two thousand in sixteen the. DA started creeping around inside the dream market there were posing as buyers and identified three vendors. They were interested in the. Da Bought Drugs from digital posse. Two thousand fourteen wreck PSOMAS maximus and meth for dummies. The order these drugs had shipped to Miami or the. Da Could inspect them for any any clues when they got them. They had the contents forensically tested to confirm they were narcotics. oxy Monster wasn't one of these targeted vendors but his presence on the market was about to be noticed by law enforcement agents January two thousand seventeen DEA agents visited the dream market homepage and looked around. They saw there was a link to a forum called dread they clicked it and found themselves inside a message board for dark marketplaces could places the saw. This was some where people could go to for help and advice and it was a place where admins and moderators would help out buyers and vendors to give them tips tips on how to do things better or stay safe and secure on the dark web it also seemed to be an area where any disputes between users of the site could be dealt with and sorted out. This is where the DEA agents. I became aware of oxy Monster. The DA is the Drug Enforcement Agency of the US. They combat drug trafficking both on the streets an online they noticed oxy monster was helping users on this forum and the also connected him to be an Admin on the market so they looked back at all of oxy oxy monsters posts on the forum which led back all the way to May two thousand fifteen. Whoever oxy monster was they certainly knew a lot about drugs and how to stay a hidden on the dark net and they were familiar with a lot of dark? Net marketplace's one of the things that caught agents I was opposed from March. Two Thousand Sixteen written by oxy monster it warned users any message claiming to be from mud's not listening in in the post so the DEA agents started watching archie monster on dream market in on the forums. What does he do on this? I how involved is he exactly by June of two thousand seventeen. It was clear that oxy monster was selling drugs on these dark marketplace's he was selling things like Oxycontin and Ritalin which are prescription option drugs. Well that explains his choice of username. He had sixty sales and got good ratings to positive reviews from satisfied customers and now that he's selling drugs on three market. This has caught the attention even more of the. Da oxy monster is an Admin to dream market a senior moderator. You're on the forum and he's actively selling drugs to site users. That would be enough to catch the attention of the feds. Now when you buy drugs on dream market cricket you send your Bitcoin to an escrow account. It goes to dream. Markets Wallet and then teamed to the vendor this is an extra layer of security so that the vendor doesn't know what the buyers there's bitcoin address was and the buyer doesn't know what the vendors bitcoin address was. Because you don't want the feds to know your bitcoin address because may might have wasted tracking so the defense wanted more info on oxy monsters. So they wash this post on these forums and there was something oxy monster would write in the footer of each post. It said basically that if this post was helpful please consider tipping. And here's a link to a bitcoin address. The footer also encouraged people to check out oxy monsters astor's account on trade route which is another dark market and that profile confirmed he was selling drugs there to enlisted the same tip jar address also told Fed said Oxy Z.. Monster was Ahmad on the now defunct evolution dark market. This is like a flashing light for law enforcement to profiles with links to three different markets with the same bitcoin wallet. This is a person who has been very active in the dark marketplace forums for two years as an active seller on multiple sites and Admin on another another is just asking to be followed up on. And that's the problem with these sites you want a good reputation as a seller so buyers like you but as soon as you get one the Fed start looking for you to while the feds. We're trying to find out who oxy monster was. Dream Market Jeff Be. I was working with the Dutch. Police released take out two of dreams. Biggest competitors two thousand seventeen alphabet was one of the biggest dark markets selling everything from drugs to weapons to militia software the FBI was watching this market. For months and in July of two thousand seventeen they arrested alphabets founder. Alexander Causes in Thailand and took the market off line so again this is something I covered episode twenty four. It's really fascinating. Listen so check. Out The episode Operation Bayonet if you WANNA know more because it was a pretty impressive operation the feds pulled pulled off there and at the same time. Multiple law enforcement agencies came together including Europol and the Dutch police to take down Hanson the other dark not market so when Alphabrain Okay and Hansa got taken down the duck community went into a tailspin vendors. Needed a platform to keep selling and buyers still wanted to buy drugs online and despite fight all the paranoia and suspicion users headed straight on over to dream market as their next dark market acce- Monster was already registered on dream. When all all this went down with alphabet Hansa it seemed at dinner at Spook them at all one month after the take downs oxy monster became officials vendor Andrea market and started it's shipping drugs to the? US With Hansa gone. He easily leveled up on dream but what he didn't know was that the. Da were watching what he was doing trying waiting to figure out who he really was so by August two thousand seventeen the. Da were following up on this tip jar. bitcoin wallet that oxy Monster so keen. Advertise the idea that the feds had was to follow the money well. BITCOIN is supposed to be anonymous. If you follow it closely enough you can sometimes times figure out who owns a wallet at least if you're the. Da You might be able to you. A bitcoin. Wallet is just a long string of numbers and letters. It's impossible to link it's anyone but just has dark markets have evolved. So has the technology checking out bitcoin. You see Bitcoin is virtual. But there's a solid system underneath Nathan a method to make sure that there's a public record of every transaction that passes from one person to another and that's what's called a blockchain and there's an army of bitcoin miners people people out there voluntarily. Keeping the blockchain up so that this public database is available for everyone and up to date. But now there's software available that analyzes bitcoin transactions in the blockchain. You see the blockchain records every transaction and it's unmanageable so you can't delete any records out of it. So the software can look for links between wallet addresses activity and how things are moved around any patterns and that sort of thing the tools that are used to do this one is called chain analysis the others called elliptical. These are the two front runners and they're being used by the DA A FBI irs euro pool to trace. BITCOIN transactions in criminal cases all BITCOIN transactions are public record visible onto blockchain for anyone to see by analyzing the blockchain and following transactions and wallets. You can start to build the dots here on who owns what so. For instance there was is an escrow service Andrea market. You send your bitcoin there to buy drug and wants. The money is collected by dream market. The sellers notified to send the drugs so if the DA knows the bitcoin address wrestle dream markets escrow wallet and they can use tools to see who's interacting without wallet now when someone goes to withdraw their bitcoin and turn it into local money. Okay this is another step. That law enforcement will monitor closely see most bitcoin. Exchanges are regulated and need to comply with local law and this mixed exchange trustworthy swirly but at the same time it also means that law enforcement agents can issue search warrants on the exchanges to see who cashed out of certain bitcoin wallets. Yes so you see the. Da had variety of ways to track some bitcoin wallets and they were using these methods to watch what was going out of that tip jar dress on an oxygen monsters posts now darkness drug dealers. No this and have come up with a pretty clever way to keep their cash outs more hidden bitcoin tumblers basically. It's the same thing as taking a deck of cards and mixing them all up on the table spreading them all over in so that you can't see what you can send your bitcoin to a tumbler. which will so then break apart your money into a bunch of various transactions? Mix them up a bunch with a bunch of other people's bitcoins and then send you your money in a new fresh bitcoin wallet and the DA has a harder time tracking money. That goes through a bitcoin. Tumbler I'm not sure if there even is a way to track this now dream market had its own basic basic tumbling services. I mean sure why not. It's doing a lot of illegal transactions mix sense to provided tumbling service to help its customers be more safe and secure but as the Fed's watched watched oxy monsters bitcoin tip jar address. They noticed he was sending money directly to an exchange without using a tumbler. Not even the Tumbler. Ambler that's on dream market that he was an Admin of the Fed's watched and they saw that oxidants ter- sent his bitcoin to a website called local local bitcoins dot com. He did this fifteen times. This is an exchange not regulated by the US law. It's based on Finland. But it didn't ask you you for any. ID to cash out. which was what oxy monster wanted to be an automatic when he was getting his money? oxy Monster cashed out on his tip jar earnings unease when oxy monster cashed out local. BITCOIN DOT COM the. Da was able to work with the authorities and Finland to get anything they could on who owned that that bitcoin address since this exchange didn't have any idea for oxy monster the only thing the DA was able to get was the username that was used to log log into this exchange. Where now was it? This was the only evidence uncovered. An oxy monster could have used any username in the world. Random digits it's our letters anything but oxy monster made a huge mistake and chose the username delirious and once the agents found this account account which was called delirious they set about trying to find more information and the guests that this might be. Someone's last name. So they looked at social media and unsearched around the Internet and it wasn't long before they found a guy online name Gal delirious. He's a French national with social profiles on twitter and Instagram Gava. Liras was thirty six years old living in the Brittany region of France with his wife and child and he had the French English and Israeli citizenship. feds thought he might be the person behind the oxy monster count so agents began to compare pair the dream market posts with the post and social media looking for similarities. In the writing they found common words. Used like for instance both oxy monster and dream market and GAL Valerian. Serious on twitter. Said cheers a lot in their post. Both sets of posts were sometimes written in French and used exclamation marks in the same way to the. Da Began. Dan Too strongly suspect that galleries was oxy monster but they still needed solid evidence to secure the case against him. mm-hmm one thing the. Da did discover when poking around and gals social media was a slightly unusual interest beards. That is growing doing and comparing beard links. Gal had a long beard down to his waist and he seemed pretty proud of it and he was a competitor in the world beard and Mustache Championships. An inactive member in an APP called beard wars on his social media account. He was posting that the next year. Weird Competition was in Austin Texas on September. First two thousand seventeen and guess who was going Gal was going to Austin to compete in a beard competition Titian when agents realized Gal was flying into the US to attend the new. This was a chance the DA contacted homeland security investigations. And ask for their help. The plan was to detain Gal at the airport. While he was going through customs they were going to tell him this routine check on all digital devices that he had with him remember. They've been watching Gal from months slowly building a case that he was the guy behind oxy monster profile Andrea market. This airport play was a big deal and the feds had the act. Quick September was fast approaching and they needed more evidence if they were going to link cow with oxy Monster. If they're going to get this into court this was a bit of a gamble. The feds part. They knew he was flying into the US for this three day beard competition and they just assumed it was going to bring his laptop and in the country with him. I mean if he was is going to be coming for a few days maybe he'd want to tend to his dark markets Sindhu some trading while he was away right. I guess that's a fair assumption. If they could get pass whatever encryption and password protection he had on there they might be able to get the evidence to prove. That Gal is oxy monster. So that's what the cops were better not getting in into. His computer would be crucial for convicting him and it posed a real challenge to authorities so they had to come up with a plan to arrest Gal at the airport with his laptop laptop unlocked and when we come back from the break. We'll hear what the authorities did. This episode is brought to you. By molecule molecule is a complete reinvention invention of the air purifier. Not just an improvement on existing outdated technology was developed by scientists whose son suffered from asthma and who was frustrated by the fact that hemp air purifiers. I did not relieve his son. Symptoms the technology within molecule actually destroys the full spectrum of indoor air pollutants. 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The agents told them. This is a routine check for. US passengers flying into the country and they have to check all electronic devices for child pornography or Nagasaki a homeland security agent. Then search their bags. He found Gal Samsung Laptop and Apple. IPHONE IOS. Men's IPHONE and IPAD tablet blet customs agents asked Gal for his pins and passwords to access. Speed devices now. You think anyone involved in dark net trading would be guarding those passwords with their life. But Gal still thinking this is just a routine check handed them over. He logged into his devices prices and unlocked his computers for the agents and the agents left the room with his devices and didn't come back for two hours. Gal must have started to get nervous at some point waiting for them to return. I mean jeeze two hours long time to wait for. US Customs check your devices. I bet he regretted logging in. I mean Gosh. What is he thinking? Now he's stuck in a country he's not familiar with in a side room with some customs agents and typically. It's hard to argue with these guys or else you might have to go back home. He was getting more worried the longer they took the more nervous. You guys and the agents told him that they were searching his computer for child porn and he knew he didn't have any so he thought is probably safe and the probably thinking that the customer agents wouldn't be able to recognize what dark markets were were tore or anything like that an a typical customer agent. Mino those are but little. Did he know these weren't normal. Customs agents in the other room agents logged into gals laptop using his passwords and started to look around. You pretty quickly found an application on. His desktop called Wallet inside was five hundred thousand dollars worth of Bitcoin next they found the tour browser and what looked like logging. Details details for dream market. There were getting pretty excited now. This was looking good then. They found the private. PGP key labeled oxy Z.. Monster a quick check and they confirmed this is the key that matched the key. Anoxia monsters dream market account and this proved that Galvaligi it was oxygen monster and with that the feds had enough evidence to arrest and convict him when the agents finally returns that little room where they were holding gallon the arrested him for conspiracy to distribute narcotics operating dark net marketplace and money laundering who is also given his Miranda rights when asked about about to bitcoin found Gal told them he had taken money out of his bank account and just bought the Bitcoin. I'm sure all it's perfectly legal to hold bitcoin. And after that Gal L.. Ask for a Hebrew speaking lawyer the Knicks Day a search warrant was granted for full forensics search on gals laptop and phone. The search confirmed the evidence that the agents found at the airport. Gow was in trouble the world beer championships in Austin took place that day but without Gal while his competitors were doing whatever it. Is You do at a beard competition Gal. His award-winning beard were in police custody. The and had just been indicted for conspiracy to distribute drugs five months after that in January of two thousand eighteen and announcement was made from the US US Attorney General. Jeff Sessions J. Code. I kind of like it by bringing together the. Da are safe streets. Task Forces are drug trafficking task task forces healthcare fraud special agents and other assets and the FBI it will more than double its investment in the fight against is online drug trafficking. J. Code stands for joint criminal opioid darkness enforcement and was going into full effect. This was going to be the. FBI's flagship flagship task force to take down dark marketplaces selling. Opiates and bring prosecutions against the administrators vendors while Gal sat in his prison cell awaiting weeding trial the FBI and Department of Justice were gearing up to investigate and identify more vendors and more markets across the dark net with more funding more agents more investigations and intelligence analyst. Dark drug marketplace's were firmly in the crosshairs of the Fed's gala was not granted bill and stayed eight in custody in the US. His lawyers wanted to get rid of the evidence found on his laptop at the airport. That was the stuff that would seal his fate. If they could get that thrown out Gal would have a fighting chance chance in March of two thousand eighteen seven months after his arrest they submitted a motion to have this evidence ruled inadmissible. It said that Gal had voluntarily handed over over his device passwords but he did that before being given his Miranda rights and it said he did it under false information that the agents were hunting for child porn and he didn't give them consent to route through his files and folders looking for Bitcoin dark web connections and logging details while the legal process for Gout was slow moving the new who. FBI JAYCO team was not hanging about on April third. They announced the result of g coats. First Mission in they called it operation. Disarray Operation Gratien disarray. Is Gone was to coordinate take down of multiple dark market vendors who were in the US. A March thirtieth team had made a total of eight arrests conducted. One hundred sixty interviews sees numerous weapons computer equipment counterfeit currency and drugs all related to dark net markets vendors if you go to the FBI's website and look for operation disarray. You'll see this video of them making arrests so this week around the country where executing operation disarray The FBI headquarters has sent out Information and important coordination field offices all over the country. We're working with all our federal partners who are involved as well To go out and both encounter customers of talk with marketplace's dark web narcotics traffickers as well as sort of get the word out on the dangerous and potentially what they're purchasing from the picture at the back of the plan and it is on the corner so there's two doors morning we've come out to execute to federal search warrants an arrest warrant on individual that say dark web narcotics trafficker In particular. This traffic is specializing the OPIOID derivatives professional. And we meet up here to pre briefing talk-up everybody's the last minute changes what their assigned duties are. Make sure they're on the same page to make sure it's August safely. Aw So we added a successfully Exclude the search warrant and searched system. Cells resulted in the a seizure of both narcotics firearm and on numerous digital devices which may have been used to set up and facilitate this activity online individuals transported of course to the US marshals and federal courthouse. Here before a judge goal is to of course remind the the end user the end purchaser of both of the dangers of the marketplace. In the fact that law enforcement is very cognizant of this activity and we're GONNA continue to stay on top of it. G recode law enforcement's newest operation against the dark markets was in full swing for Gal. His situation just got worse. On April twenty fourth. Another charge was added to his indictment indictment conspiracy to commit money laundering so now he had more charges Gow was looking at a potential life sentence behind bars if he was found guilty his wife desperately. He pleaded for him to be shown mercy but the feds weren't budging along with Oxycontin Ritalin. They believed galerias. oxy Monster was involved in the sale of methamphetamine. I mean phenomenal heroin cocaine and LSD. Through his roles in the Dream Mark on May tenth two thousand eighteen. The prosecution dropped their final playing card against first gal emotion to have his past criminal history included in his trial. At this point it all became clear. Kiala was not new to the dark net or selling drugs using bitcoin he was pretty seasoned player. They found connections of him being on Silkroad so cro two Alpha Bay handsome in a long list of other dark markets under the username Guillaume which means hell and Hebrew. They also said Gal had been a member of an online criminal form since October. The two thousand sixteen but I couldn't find any details about that now. Remember handsome market right. Gal was a vendor there to know the details are not clear here because because it seems it was a different username but oxy monster was an active seller on Hansa in fact there were even chat logs where he was talking to the Dutch police through Hansa site. I don't know how the DA made the connection that he was the same person but they did perhaps because of a matching email address or bitcoin. Wallet or something. I'm not sure but it seems like the Dutch catch. Police said quite a lot of information about him when they took down Hansa and all this adding up was a huge hit to gal and just after that his motion to have his laptop evidence thrown out was rejected. If Scott went to trial now he'd be facing some very strong cases against him at this point. The evidence of illegal dark net activities was mountainous and dating back years. I guess he realized the game was up so gal changed his plea to guilty a month later on June twelfth he accepted a plea deal. He agreed to plead guilty to both of the charges against him. In relation to selling being in distributing oxycontin and Ritalin he would also forfeit all of the bitcoin proceeds. He had amassed through his dark netease at the time. This was agreed on in October October. Two thousand eighteen. This would have been over. Seven hundred thousand dollars worth of Bitcoin and Bitcoin. Cash has gone waited to be sentenced. The feds Ed's had to do something with all the bitcoin that they seize from him. See the problem with Bitcoin is well. It's virtual it's not widely accepted and really isn't that much use to the Justice Department. Garmin at all and this I came after the arrest of Ross Ulbricht of Soak wrote amount of Bitcoin sees from Ross was colossal like one hundred and seventy thousand bitcoin under forfeiture of assets. The feds are used to getting houses or cars or boats or jewelry. Physical things that they can sell for cash but bitcoin is entirely different thing. It was decided that bitcoin would be treated as an asset rather than money. So it'd be handed over to the US marshals who have responsibility for disposing housing of the seized assets of criminals so the US marshals decided to auction the bitcoin off. Yeah turn it into cash. They'd sell it off to to the highest bidder to do this. They have to be real careful. They're not selling criminally obtained bitcoin back to criminals so a two hundred thousand dollar deposit is required art and registration into the action is required government issued. ID's documents must be presented before you can bid auction. This worked and four auctions later between in June two thousand fourteen in November two thousand fifteen the US marshals had made sixty six million dollars from the Silk Road. Bitcoin but then where does the money go. Well it seems seems if victims of crimes were involved in some of the money goes back to compensate them and the law enforcement agencies. Who worked on the case can apply to get some of the money back into their agency so sometimes they get some at the rest goes straight to the Department of Justice? We're than the apparently handout. Bits two different law enforcement agencies wherever they see fit in other words. We don't really know where the money goes. And so far they haven't done anything with gals seven hundred thousand dollars in Bitcoin. Will they auctioned off. Probably but the government isn't too keenum telling people how much bitcoin and there can be huge gaps between seizing. Bitcoin like they did from Gal and actually putting it to auction which is weird to me Eh but also makes it very hard to track. We might not ever know when gals BITCOIN's go up for bid Gal of course is never going to see his bitcoins again on in October. Nineteen thousand eighteen in the southern district of Florida. Gal stood in front of the judge be sentenced he gave short answers in Hebrew. And then the judge sentenced First Gal Valeria to twenty years in prison gals arrest and conviction took out a big player in the dark net drug markets. It was a win for the feds. Who believed they proved at the dark market vendors could be tracked and identified and that undercover operations could be very effective but even though Gal was is behind bars dream market was still open for business and thriving by January two thousand nineteen? The feds were on a roll though the FBI's Jayco team riding on the back of their operation disarray. Success were onto their next mission. This time they called it. Operation Saboteur on January eleventh agents across the US and international law enforcement agencies work together to identify and disrupt the big players selling drugs in the dark markets pooling their resources and manpower they were using everything there available to them to make a serious impact operation saboteur was not mucking around a month later in mid February the dream market started to have problems platform became intermittently unstable vendors. Couldn't log in briars couldn't access the website it would work and then it will work and then it would work again mods. We're posting to dread a dark for him. And they said that dream market was under a De dos attack by hackers demanding. Four hundred thousand dollars. But the dream market ADLEMAN was refusing to pay and trying to find a work around to stabilize the market and it turned out. It wasn't just dreamed that was getting hit. Two other leading marketplace's empire and nightmare we're also getting De dos to March twenty sixth the US Department of Justice publicly announced Operation Salvator and its results during operations saboteur. Our law enforcement partners coke with over a hundred dark net drug buyers approximately sixty one dark matt drug. Traffickers were arrested fifty-one firearms received almost three hundred kilograms of drugs and over seven million dollars in cash and cryptocurrency a sees Let's put into together here for a second the feds the FBI. Hi is doubling down on their fight against the seal of OPIOID and are actively trying to find vendors and stop them and at the same time they just got access to oxy monsters. Astor's computer now keep in mind. oxy Monster was an Admin to dream market. So I'm just assuming here but it seems like a fair assumption that this means means at the FBI was probably now admins of the dream market. Because if I was an FBI agent on this task force. I would certainly it'd be posing as oxy Monster. who was the Admin and not show my hand I would save all the chat logs with other admins and dealers and I would try we get more information from other admins? I would certainly look to see if I could find out who owned dream market because the FBI has a keen interest in taking down this market place. So I'm willing to bet. They use their unique position here to try to take down dream market and the people who run the site and on that very same day that the F. B. I. Announced Operation Saboteur. A notice appeared on the front page of dream told users the market would be shutting down on April thirtieth but it would be moving to a partner platform and it would get a new onion address. This was unusual if the Fed Fed Scott Control of dream. I don't think they would move it to a whole new website with a new U. R. L. and everything. Maybe the owners figured out. The feds had admin access. And were just. It's like jumping ship. I don't know but this was a voluntary shutdown of a really successful dark market. It's not unheard of that. This happens but it's definitely unusual and what's also strange as the message wasn't signed with the usual. PGP he which was expected from the markets Adleman but as soon as at notice notice went up the De dos attacks on dream appeared to have stopped users turned once again to the dark forums to try to get some answers but there was a new problem. The Red it dark market forum which was available on the surface net had been banned from the site. Our new read at policy meant its its content violated the rules and the sub it had been removed but the dread forum were still up since. It's a forum on the dark net and more posts from Mont started showing up. There they said dream was rebuilding and would be opening again soon as a new dark market and it would be better built and more resilient from Diaz attacks while everyone was waiting for this new you dream market to appear after Operation Saboteur. The feds got another win. This time involving big time vendors on dream just nine days. After the Operation Saboteur was announced on April fourth. Three men were arrested in New Jersey. Chester jared and Ronald had been operating two storefronts on the the market under the name sin met under a fake company called Knicks Level Research and development. These guys had allegedly bought a powder mixer pill press a tablet making machine they had a diy pill making factory. We're selling deadly factional laced heroin along with ZANEX and methamphetamines. In fact they were up there as one of the top three dream vendors with the most amount of sales taking payments in Bitcoin. They were loading prepaid debit card account. So they could use the CRYPTO tiptoe cash at ATM's to withdraw Bitcoin Cash. The feds believed Sindbad Launder Two Point Three Million Dollars cryptocurrency selling them through dream market and using using the laundering method over two year period. Their use of ATM's is what eventually got them caught. Chester was charged with selling controlled substances and identity entity theft and jared and Ronald were faced with conspiracy and money laundering charges. Right at the same time dream users began to report that dream support. Staff half or scamming vendors. There were locking down. People's accounts and asking for vendors passwords and recently is bitcoin addresses to verify their identity and if the vendor vendor sent their password over the password was then changed and their PGP key removed so the vendor can access their account at all with echoes of what the feds did when they took over Hansa so this was not good news for dream for two months nothing happened. Dream planned on switching to a New York l. but just hadn't then in July a new market popped up and it was an almost exact replica of dream was called the SAMSAR market. Was this the new market. That dream was promised. Maybe I guess it seems so but it was slow going. Jim Users were suspicious with many being that this is just a honeypot set up by the feds leads to capture more vendors and buyers but the site looks good it works good and began getting some traction however in November two thousand nineteen seen it went off line. Seidman said they're experiencing a massive De dos attack and have gone off line and it's been down for months now now. It's still down during the time of this recording. I'm not sure if it's coming back. Or why perhaps this is another move executed by feds through J code since they don't seem to be letting up on the persistent attack on all of these sites across Albrecht the founder of Soco the first big dark marquette. He got prison in for life. alpha-based founder Alexander Causes could possibly have the same charges but he's dead now. oxy Monster was administrator. The senior mud an active vendor dream market. WHO's now in prison for twenty years as dark net career is over? Dream has gone down his bitcoin. Fortune has been handed over to the feds and he'll now spend decades behind bars which makes me wonder if he's going to come out with the most epic beard of all time. Some imprisons allow prisoners to grow beards especially for religious reasons but others force people to trim it back to a quarter inch in length for security reasons what gut gal identified and caught was because of a mistake on his part. Not using a tumbler for the bitcoin tip jar using the same tip address in multiple places aces and sending his tips to an exchange with his last name. As his logging Gal was not new dark markets. He'd been around the block along time and he's still left a trail. It's easy to see the mistakes Gal made now but it's not so easy to stay safe when you're juggling dozens of accounts hundreds of thousands thousands of bitcoin and doing it for years and years and years one or two little slip ups is all it takes. Guy had no idea the feds Tauron to him and just how much they had traced back to him. The good news of this story is that some vendors have been rooted out and stopped. This is seriously messed up drug. That has no business in any drug dealers hands. I know I've mentioned Fitna a few times in this episode but I'm not sure you fully understand. The Dangers. Offers of it. Footnote was first prescribed by doctors. Specifically if you're suffering from some extreme pain due to cancer and there's no other opioids that are actually working on you. The doctor might prescribe you a patch or lollipop but this is a potent drug the smallest pinch of Sentinel is lethal to give you a better idea. A typical all single pill of ibuprofen is two hundred. Milligrams a lethal dose of one milligram. so that one tablet is two hundred times a lethal dose. It was phenomenal in. Yes people are dying from overdosing on prescription opioid based drugs. And if they can't find knows they'll find heroin and possibly overdose on that right but fitna is in a whole nother league because it's so potent. It's so easy to die from which has killed over ninety five thousand people in the last five years which is about sixty percent of all opioid debts. I mean just listen to what happened in this small town in West Virginia Huntington once a arriving industrial hub had been crippled by years of job loss rising crime and sixteen hundred overdoses the previous year. The calls started coming in at three twenty one on a warm August afternoon. It just four hours twenty. Six people had overdosed on a batch of feno laced heroin. Why dysfunctional all of a sudden the leading cause of OPIOID deaths? One big reason is because it's synthetically made anyone can just order a bunch of it from China and get it shipped to you and from there you can try your a hand and making heroin leased Feno for much much cheaper which results in a lot of money for drug dealers but can I switch gears here and just rant for a second when young people are making huge bank off the sale of Feno. And I'm mad about it because they're doing it recklessly the US government has tried to make policies policies to make sure doctors only prescribed sentinel to patients who really need it to patients who have pain so severe. That no other opioids work anymore but the group that controls this regulation regulation is mckesson one of the largest drug distributors and they didn't control the distribution of fennel very well they made it easy for doctors to prescribe and this mismanaged program resulted in major manufacturers like Johnson and Johnson and Cecil on to go nuts encouraging doctors to prescribe bribe Feno. These companies made hundreds of millions of dollars from that single drug which resulted in many deaths and addictions and deaths from addictions. And things got so bad that both cephlon and Johnson and Johnson were investigated by the US government and find massive amounts. Johnson and Johnson faced a multi billion dollar lawsuit it for misrepresenting. The dangers of opioids to doctors and CEPHLON was hit with a two hundred and fifty million dollar lawsuit trying to turn into a routine pain management drug. These are the legal filmmakers and pushers making huge amounts of money from these drugs in reckless ways and illegal ways but in my opinion the worst of these drugmakers makers was insists. Listen to this clip from NBC News. That explains the trouble. They got into drug company executive and found guilty in a bribery case involving the OPIOID Buick. Sentinel the multi billionaire founder of insys therapeutics and four other top executives convicted of racketeering prosecutors. Say Their scheme involved Paul bribes kickbacks even left dances for physicians who prescribed large amounts of the company's federal spray to patients. Who did not need it? You see this this. This is bad. The legal drug dealers have gotten scores of people addicted to AETNA. WHO had no business taking fennel? Sarah Fuller didn't have cancer. She was plagued with chronic neck and back pain from two car accidents but her. Dr Vivian. Madeleine actually brought an incest sales rep to an appointment appointment. Fourteen months. After she started taking subsidies Sarah was found dead on her bedroom floor. What killed your daughter? Well technically we know that a dot com couldn't care less about a human life accord case against insists went on for a while out an ultimately resulted in a fine of two hundred and twenty five million dollars which actually bankrupted insists with the company find. Prosecutors then went after top executives. John Kapoor being the CEO and founder of incest was the main target. He was found guilty for getting doctors. Dr To overprescribe fan now to patients who had no business taking it also insists than John Kapoor could make more money one of the pieces of evidence that came up in John Kapoor's court case. Was this music video autumn. And I'll just like you listen to the first. I want to be voice. You can be choice. ABC Real back in two two thousand fifteen. Let me be therapeutic. Static is on raising the ball and we're changing the two great. It takes the decision to it. Be Better than the competition's service likely never seen go deeper than dead in the submarine build relationships healthy dot more fees. We built here campaign to shutter waffle. What the competition just fake it noise historique the VIP service? Like you've never seen shoutout to Kapoor. I got new patients and I got a lot of them got and it goes on to say how well they treat their reps and they even have a wrapping spray bottles. Who goes on to say that other putting all drugs are like prescribing the hall which is just a sweetness teach you like beast strangely enough? The Guy Inside AETNA's spray bottle in music video was an executive at insys also and he got in trouble for this too and was found guilty so John Kapoor was found guilty for racketeering and just last week in January two thousand twenty. We heard what his sentencing sensing. The highest ranking drug company. Executive convicted in the OPIOID crisis is headed to prison but the sentence is not harsh enough for some who you say. He got away with murder. A judge sentence insys therapeutics founder. John Kapoor to five and a half years for his role in bribing doctors. The prescribe powerful painkiller. Subsidies sized oxy Monster is serving twenty years in prison for selling opioids on the market. Kyle Enos serving eight years for selling Fenton all to one hundred and sixty eight people. Four of which died from has has drugs billionaire. John Kapoor founder of incest was found guilty for influencing doctors to overprescribe fennel to patients. Who didn't need it? Oh and the court court records show the FDA estimates that eight thousand people died from taking the federal spray that insists produced. That guy got five in half years. Wouldn't it be weird of oxy Monster. John Kapoor ended up at cellmates. It's just interesting to see these two drug dealers both guilty for unethically selling the same drug. But they're both locked up for two totally different reasons reasons. Oh and I should add here that it's been a week since John. Kapoor has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison. And guess what he hasn't gone to prison yet he's still home because 'cause he's trying to get a suspension of the sentence until his appeal is completed which might be months or a year away But you know what John Kapoor poor is seventy six years old right now so if he serves five and a half years in prison. He's going to get out when he's eighty two years old and what bothers me still his at these huge pharmaceutical companies who manufacture and distribute feno recklessly are some of the biggest makers for the Lacson and suboxone. which are the drugs used to treat opioid addiction? These companies are making billions and billions and billions now by selling drugs to treat this opioid crisis. Says that they had a hand in creating to me. This is the worst part of the OPIOID epidemic. Is that these major drug manufacturers. Let the genie loose. The recklessly got US addicted and are now making big money off the aftermath of it all you probably know somebody who's died from Feno Prince. Tom Petty Mac Miller L. died from an overdose of sentinel. They didn't know they were taking too much. They weren't trying to die. It wasn't their fault. Fuck vetnar and everything about God. Hey Dr dies is now on the dark net. What do you think of that? You can visit us there at U. K. A. Five Y B P M h three four V onion. This so is created by the original mini mine. Jack reciter this episode was written by the dark mouse. Fiona guy are you editing. By the font conscious Damian sound designed by the Mary Andrew Meriwether the music is by the bubbling brake master cylinder in. Even though I get downloaded every time I see it. This is dark that diaries

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