On his way from France to Texas, Gal Vallerius, who has recently revealed that he goes by the name, ‘OxyMonster’, was arrested in August 2017. The hearing took place yesterday, June 12th, 2018 in Miami, where he pled guilty for being part of an enormous online drug market.
As per his claims, the attempts were done through the dark web, where Vallerius along with his accomplices were managing sales of drugs including the likes of coke, meth, fentanyl, oxycodone and fentanyl.
The arrest was supposedly a large exertion that involved agencies like DEA, FBI, IRS, Homeland Security Investigations and the US Postal Inspection Service. Vallerius was detained for having been the principal player in Dream Market, which dealt with the drugs previously mentioned along with giving out stolen information. After further investigation, it was concluded that the marketplace was also used as a platform to solve any technical concerns and arguments among vendors.
As an effort to reduce his sentence, Vallerius supposedly will be helping the Federal prosecutors and Drug Enforcement Administration to track the other members involved. Based on existing information, Vallerius is a citizen in three nations, hence which country he will be serving time at is yet to be announced.
When higher officials seized his laptop, the necessary evidence linking him to possibly be ‘OxyMonster’, as well as $500,000 worth of Bitcoin were revealed. The Miami Herald added that the confirmation of who ‘OxyMonster’ was, was possible due to the bitcoin address attached, which made it easier to assess the transfers made.
The use of the dark web has increased, as many illegal activities have been taking place. In the past, many turned to Bitcoin for its anonymity in payment transfers, however, due to its high transaction fees, criminals are retorting to altcoins. Will more cases as such be brought to light?