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Famous Darknet Troll & Former Alphabay Mod ‘Penissmith’ Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison

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The most famous troll from Tcf, Evolution & Alphabay “Penissmith” gets 11 years prison sentence.

A 26-year-old Aurora man, Bryan Connor Herrell, was sentenced Tuesday in California court to 11 years in prison for working as an administrator in an illegal dark web marketplace.

Herrell, was a moderator for AlphaBay, a web site that engaged in many thousands of illegal transactions for guns, drugs, stolen id information, credit card numbers and other illicit items, according to court documents from the U.S. Department of Justice. He settled disputes between vendors and purchasers on the location , and also served to guard AlphaBay from being defrauded by either.

The dark web, or darknet, is a hidden part of the worldwide internet with its own communications networks and websites. The dark web requires special software to secure browsing activity and hide a user’s location and other identifiable details.

“This sentence is further proof that criminals cannot hide behind technology to interrupt the law,” said. Operating behind the veil of the darknet could seem to supply shelter from criminal investigations, but people should consider before ordering or selling drugs online — you’ll be caught.

U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott of the Eastern District of California

Herrell used the monikers “Penissmith” and “Botah,” and was paid in Bitcoin for his role according to prosecutors.

AlphaBay’s alleged founder, Alexandre Cazes, was indicted by a jury on June 1, 2017. On July 5 of that year, Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian national at the time, was arrested at his residence in Bangkok, Thailand, and AlphaBay was taken down by authorities.

Cazes was found dead in his cell shortly after his arrest. Thailand police called his death a suicide.

During Cazes’s arrest, authorities discovered his laptop — open and unencrypted — and recovered files with AlphaBay security codes and passwords, connections to AlphaBay’s servers, and lists of other online entities related to AlphaBay.

Cases like these exemplify how the FBI and our international partners are eliminating the false promise of anonymity dark marketplaces claim to supply and are successfully dismantling criminal organizations which prey upon communities through use of sophisticated code. Herrell’s sentence sends a transparent message to criminals that the darknet is not any shelter for illegal transactions.

Sean Ragan of the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office

It should be noted that there is no parole for federal prisoners but they may still earn early release for “exemplary” behavior. For example, progress toward a high-school diploma or the equivalent etc. They can get up to 54 days per year off their sentences for good behavior (18 U.S.C. § 3624(b).

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