An electronics engineer from Rosenheim, Bavaria, just received 22 months imprisonment for making 16 separate drug purchases on the darknet. The convoluted case dated back to 2013 and was brought to Bavarian authorities by the US FBI.
Every aspect of the case was controversial, OVB reported after the trial on November 7. The 28-year-old electronics engineer, currently living in Bad Aibling, made 16 drug purchases on the DNMs. The purchases were from American darknet vendors.
Prosecutors argued that many more transactions may have existed but only 16 were discovered.
All of the drug buys—taking place in 2013—were of significant quantity. The prosecution made every effort to prove the quantity of drugs, especially in one specific shipment, were for distribution. They, the prosecution, wanted the 28-year-old Aiblinger to be punished for drug trafficking crimes.
The defense, however, disputed the prosecution’s claims; the larger-than-normal shipments had nothing to do with trafficking, they argued. Some of the drugs ordered were twice as expensive in Rosenheim as they were online. The defense also pointed out that some were not cheaper when ordering online but there was justification; price was not as important to the defendant as the anonymity and safety of ordering online.
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