Police officers in Vöcklabruck, Austria, just finalized the investigation of three darknet suspects. Customs intercepted a package containing 109 grams of amphetamine. Inspectors noticed the address of one of the suspects on the package. As a result, detectives began their investigation into the three suspects.
Officials made an announcement to the press on November 22, 2016, marking the case’s closure. The three suspects bought and sold nearly a kilogram of amphetamine between September 2015 and November 2016. The suspects admitted to making at least 10 purchases from the darknet markets.
Customs officials in Vienna were conducting routine package examinations when they found the incriminating package. Officers discovered the package and 109 grams of amphetamine the package contained on September 22, 2016. The distributor addressed the package to the 20-year-old from Wolfsegg.
The case officers announced that each order contained slightly more than 100 grams of amphetamine. The trio, police said, claimed they felt completely anonymous and invulnerable while using the darknet.
Hans-Jürgen Hofinger of the Vöcklabruck police told the ORF: “The three men were very surprised because they thought that nothing could happen to them in the Darknet and they could not be explored.”
All three men lived in Upper Austria where they would resell much of the amphetamine they ordered. Police said the men used the profits to support substance habits. The 47-year-old suspect and both 20-year-old suspects had amphetamine addictions, investigators explained.
“That was a big mistake,” said Hofinger. He continued:
The perpetrators thought they won’t be caught, but it was just the opposite. On the Internet, too, traces are left behind, which can often be investigated by means of delivery or order addresses. Also, many offenders are also not aware that with their order in the Darknet they contribute to smuggling to Austria.
Police arrested the 47-year-old from Timelkam with cannabis in his possession. Prosecutors said that much of his share of the earnings were used to buy marijuana.
Investigators called the two 20-year-old men “apprentices” of the 47-year-old.
The men ordered roughly a kilogram of amphetamine, police said. However, the group only resold 600 grams on the streets. The trio used the remaining amount—roughly 400 grams of amphetamine. Police listened to the confessions of the suspects and subsequently announced that the men split the profits evenly.
Investigators said the group sold most of the amphetamine to a single party. They believe the main recipient of the group’s drugs is another re-seller.
Initially, officials wrote, the men only sold drugs to improve their quality of life. They wanted the extra income. Over time, they became addicted to the drug.
Undercover police delivered the majority of the known packages. Ultimately, officers conducted a standard controlled delivery and grabbed the suspects.
The suspects currently sit in police custody and have been in cooperation with investigating officers. The press release similarly noted that the men had been working with the Wels public prosecutor.
They face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.