Bitcoin’s Privacy and Drugs Don’t Mix as UK Drug Ring Gets Sentenced to Three Decades of Jailtime
Scammers and cyber criminals have been using the anonymity of the crypto world for quite some time, hoping it has a chance of hiding their true activities on the dark web with crypto.
However, this idea of hiding their actions has not exactly worked out. A new report from The Next Web’s Hard Fork reveals that a drug ring used the dark web to import their crystal meth into the UK, accepting Bitcoin to hide the funds. However, this drug ring has just been jailed for over 3 decades.
The majority of the drugs involved came from Canada, though the group may have sold in excess of a kilo of controlled drugs. Those drugs also included cocaine and ecstasy, ultimately worth about thousands of pound sin the UK, though these circumstances occurred in the final quarter of 2017. The distribution happened after being contacted through a phone lin.
The prosecutor in the case, Patrick Palmer, said that recovery efforts have allowed the courts to collect $78,000 worth of the drugs, along with over $58,000 in liquid cash. The leader of the gang, Hassan Jalilian, handled all of the activities of the operation from the flat of former girlfriend Cheryl Scott, located in Leeds, Yorkshire.
In the process, he managed to get Michael Bendo and Gohar Manzoor, both former addicts, to be his distributors and sellers on the streets.
Jalilian ended up using a property just outside of the city as his place for preparing the drugs. To deter the authorities, he made the facility look like a gym, though Border Force still managed to intercept several packages that Jalilian had used to send drugs.
At this point, Jalilian is facing 11.5 years in jail, and he will not be allowed to drive for 7.5 years. Scott received a five-year jail sentence. Bendo was given eight years, and Manzoor was given just over seven years. The wife of Manzoor, Razna Begum, was included in the case as well, but was only given a 12-month community order. Begum also was ordered to complete a 10-day rehab.
Even though cryptocurrency transactions can be made private, they are far from anonymous. Transactions happen on the blockchain, which is immutable and censorship-free. It is a clear that the criminal activities happening with Bitcoin have not helped with its reputation, but it certainly has helped with how people see cash.