Bitcoin Transaction Aids Arrest Of Dark Web Drug Dealer
Bitcoin Transaction Aids Arrest Of Dark Web Drug Dealer: The police in September arrested a French national at the Atlanta Airport for selling narcotics on the dark web. 36-year old Gal Vallerius was arrested en route a Beard and Moustache.
It was revealed through investigations that Gal was using the name “Oxymonster” on the dark web, established a “Tip Jar” on the Dream Market marketplace. He avoided using the market place’s internal payment systems to avoid being detected.
Valleruis was eventually tracked down, all thanks to his bitcoin wallets where 15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the tip jar went to and where he had kept LocalBitcoins. The authorities confirmed that he was indeed Oxymonster and had seized his laptop when he was arrested. Some other evidence was found on his laptop which included a PGP encryption key he used to sign messages, Dream Market login credentials, and bitcoin wallets with addresses connected to OxyMonster vendor accounts.
Vallerius signed a guilty plea after admitting selling oxycodone and Ritalin on the Dream Market and trying for nine months to escape a lifetime prison sentence. He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and to possess with intent to distribute illicit goods and controlled substances.