Man Arrested After Ordering Weapon via Darknet Forum

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In early March, the Federal Criminal Police Office in Wiesbaden and Coburg Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of a 43-year-old in Coburg. The suspect, according to the investigators—and the suspect’s testimony—ordered weapon(s) on the darknet. He ordered one prior to his arrest but authorities intercepted it. However, upon a search of his house, investigators located additional weapons.

The Cybercrime Department of the Coburg Police Office responded to a tip from the the Federal Criminal Police Office in Wiesbaden about the suspect. Often times, information of this sort comes from the Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT) via the Federal Criminal Police. The announcements never mentioned the ZIT. However, the investigation is ongoing and majorly classified, the press release noted.

This is far from the first of such occurrences. DeepDotWeb covered several: “German Police Raided Three Suspects for Showing Interest in Darknet Firearm Sales,” “LKA Helped State Police Catch a Bavarian Man for Attempted DNM Firearm Deal,” and “24-Year-Old Suspect Admits Attempting to Purchase Several Firearms from the Darknet.” The majority of German firearm busts include “attempted” or simply “ordered.” Police rarely let darknet weapon transactions move beyond the “place order” button.

Read more ... source: DeepDotWeb

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