36-year-old US resident in France Gal Vallerius admitted his guilt in the distribution and selling drugs on darknet and faces 20 years behind bars.
On the deal with the investigation, Vallerius went after the police tracked his criminal activities through his bitcoin addresses. It is noteworthy that the Frenchman was arrested last year at the airport of Atlanta when he was heading for the world championship among the owners of lush beards and mustaches.
During the investigation, it was found that Vallerius, who used the alias OxyMonster in the darknet, created his own system for accepting tips on the Dream Market platform, refusing to use the internal payment system of the marketplace, which uses the mechanism of anonymous transactions.
Tracing the movement of OxyMonster accounts, the police found that 15 out of 17 outgoing transactions from its tipping box were carried out on Wallicoius’s bitcoin wallets on LocalBitcoins. It was also established the similarity between the author’s styles of Wallerius and OxyMonster on Twitter and Instagram.
During the arrest, the Frenchman was seized by a laptop where additional evidence was found that indicated his involvement in the distribution of drugs, including the PGP key, which he signed messages, credentials on the Dream Market and bitcoin-purses with addresses associated with OxyMonster accounts.
In addition, it was found that Vallerius also used the name VanDeevp and had accounts on other marketplaces in DarkNet, including Evolution, Valhalla, TradRoute, Hansa Market and AlphaBay.
As stated in the indictment, OxyMonster was engaged in the sale of substances such as cocaine, fentanyl, LSD, oxycodone, and methamphetamine. The Frenchman agreed with the accusations he had made about the distribution of illegal substances, and also confessed to conspiracy to launder money.
Recognition of guilt, the newspaper notes, will help Vallerius avoid life imprisonment, but he will still have to spend 20 years behind bars.