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Silk Road: Customers Targeted

  1. Docta
    A MAN who bought tens of thousands of dollars of drugs through a notorious website faces up to 25 years in jail.

    Luke James Hanley, 20, of Daisy Hill, ordered the LCD-substitute tablets from underground website Silk Road just months before it was closed down late last year.

    Known among its users as the Amazon or eBay of illegal drugs, Hanley ordered 2700 of the tablets to be delivered to his Melton West home under a false name.

    The Victorian County Court heard the drugs, valued at about $20,000 on the street, were intercepted by customs officials at Melbourne Airport.

    A search of Hanley's premises later found the drugs in his wardrobe along with false documents he used to open dodgy bank accounts three years earlier.

    Just under five grams of amphetamines were also mailed to Hanley via a false name in Sydney, but he never took delivery.

    Hanley pleaded guilty to a rolled-up charge of importing marketable quantities of amphetamines and the LSD substitute and two other charges of making false documents.

    The court heard Hanley was just 15 when he opened his first dodgy bank account using falsified documents, which were later discovered by the bank's security experts.

    His mother, Julie Gilbertson, told the court her son had never been in trouble with the law and had been encouraged to participate in the importation by her estranged partner.

    The court heard Hanley's biological father had spent five years in jail for armed robbery and had only recently resumed contact with his son when the purchase was made.

    Text messages read to the court captured the pair talking about the delivery of pills, but he has not been charged.

    Mrs Gilbertson, who remarried several years ago, said she begged her son to come and stay with them at their farm, but he refused until it was too late.

    ``It's been a huge wake-up call. He's extremely frightened,'' she told the court.

    Judge Frank Gucciardo was critical of Hanley's behaviour and said there was evidence to suggest he'd done a certain amount of planning.

    ``This isn't just `let me order something over the internet and see what happens','' he said.

    Hanley will be sentenced on Friday.

    MARCH 11, 2014


    I strongly suspect that the amphetamines were detected by sniffer dogs, trained for amphetamines, opiates, cannabis, and MDMA, and his name and address were then placed on an Alert List, which may (or may not; I have no information, but it seems likely) also apply to future international travel.
  2. Ellisdeee
    Too bad, he is very young. Sucks to potentially get that much jail time over drugs. I don't agree with the drug laws and I am going to be assuming here a bit. I bet he felt like he had an amazing proxy and a great internet setup to create anonymous usage. But I even said this in a post of mine on this site when threads were popping up asking about how safe this site is. And I basically said you are fooling yourself if you think your "leet" internet setup means anything when you consider the fact these drugs have to go through the postal service and arrive at a physical location.

    Can use a million proxies and have the best fake names - at the root of it all you can always be detected. It seems fair to say it was probably the quantity that got their attention. But it goes to show his choke point had nothing to do with the internet, it was the one part you can't put extra security on - the actual delivery/mail service. And so many people seemed to dismiss this when that site was popular. They just talked about their "secure internet" setups. At the root of it, he set lots of the actions and situations forward. And that was uncovered.

    Hopefully they reduce the sentence. He doesn't seem like a criminal. Seems like a naive kid with how surprised the article makes him out to be. Saying it's a wake up call. It seems like a young kid who thought just being internet anon and addresses away from home was enough to stay safe. Doesn't seem like a malicious criminal who belongs in jail. Just got in over is head and over confident with a too-good-to-be-true website (Which it was, seeing as it is shut down now and in some cases legal action was taken).

    Anywho, that was just the point I wanted to resound that proves true. I know people on this site do use the internet and may perhaps buy things they don't want officials to know about. But in all concepts of the term harm reduction, people should realize these things go through two hoops. The internet and the mail. But some people seem to get over-confident simply because their internet is Fort Knox, forgetting that the mail is really out of their control. It's why smart people who have fall outs simply lose product - not get identified and busted.
  3. Alfa
    I assume that this relates to the malfunctioning RSA keys that the nsa has kept in roulation . There have been many silk road related investigations but so far most have been unreported.
  4. Hey :-)
    Online illegal drug order lands Brookfield man in jail

    BROOKFIELD, Wis. —An illegal drug order done online landed a 21-year-old Brookfield man in jail.

    Homeland Security officials got tipped off to a drug operation in Brookfield when monitoring a shipment of ecstasy to a Waukesha County address. A package destined for Brookfield was intercepted by customs in Cincinnati.

    Chunks of the illegal drug were found inside.

    After a year-long investigation, authorities have charged 21-year-old Ryan Petersen with multiple drug offenses.

    According to the criminal complaint, Peterson arranged to have the drugs delivered across town in Brookfield to a friend's home.

    Petersen's friend told police he accepted the packages for him because Petersen had "given him marijuana at no charge and had also worked on his vehicle in the past for no charge."

    The complaint alleges Petersen was growing marijuana inside his home, making crystal meth and was in the process of manufacturing the ecstasy he bought online.

    According to the complaint, Petersen's friend told investigators he witnessed Petersen mail a stack of $20 bills to an address in Europe.

    And investigators said Petersen would order the ecstasy from a website called Silk Road and have it shipped from Belgium to Wisconsin.

    If convicted, Petersen faces up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

    By Christina Palladino
    March 25 2014
    Wisconsin News
  5. berry13
    Christ. This could have been someone close to me if it had only been done months later. Amazing that these few individuals get swept up with the site even a year after an investigation, I bet it came out of nowhere in their lives - they;d already put it behind them.
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