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Former Lincs man jailed for selling Class A and B drugs over the dark web

A man has been jailed for selling multiple kilos of cocaine, ecstasy and MCAT over the dark web.


The Cyber Investigations team at the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) began making enquiries into the username ‘Beatyhouse2015’, which later became ‘Goodgear’, after it was found to be active on several dark web market places.


Detectives identified 76kgs of illegal drug sales, including cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy) and mephedrone (4-MMC, MCAT) over a 14-month period (between May 2022 and July 2023). They also identified names and addresses of more than 550 drug buyers who had been using ‘Goodgear’.


The username was linked to a man in Boston, Lincolnshire, who had subsequently moved to Norfolk. On 14 occasions over a 24-day period the suspect had dispatched a total of 174 parcels, often between 10 and 30 daily.


The man was identified through a DNA profile. While it did not match anyone on UK forensic databases, the 35-year-old man was identified when the profile information was shared with international partners through the Prüm Agreement, which enables UK law enforcement to quickly trace suspects or link crimes by sharing forensic information, including DNA profiles, through other member states’ databases for the purpose of solving crime.


In July 2023, the man, who had moved from Lincolnshire to Norfolk during the investigation, was arrested at a Post Office in Norfolk. In his possession were 16 packages containing 4-MMC and a small amount of cannabis. Subsequent searches at his home address in Norwich, supported by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), identified 130g of cocaine, more than 1,300 tablets of MDMA, 6.4kg of mephedrone and just over 1.4kg of cannabis.


He was charged and pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug to another (namely cocaine and MDMA), two counts of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug to another (namely mephedrone and cannabis), two counts of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply (namely cocaine and MDMA) and two counts of possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply (namely mephedrone and cannabis).

On Wednesday 22 May 2024, at Norwich Crown Court, he was jailed for a total of nine years.


Detective Inspector Jonathan Naylor, from EMSOU’s Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said: “This man was operating on the dark web and a cloud-based messaging app as an illegal drugs vendor. He would receive orders and then dispatch them to buyers both in the UK and internationally.


“Similar to other types of cyber crime, the use of the internet and dark web allows individuals to sell to a much wider market, crossing county and country borders, which would normally require much larger organised crime groups.


“Our joint investigation, supported by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and ERSOU, really demonstrated a Team Cyber UK approach to international investigation and enabled us to identify the scale and extent of the activity.


“Using the dark web is often seen as anonymous and vendors often claim to protect their buyers, but the information on those 550 people we were able to identify as buying drugs from ‘Goodgear’ have been shared with the relevant police forces.”


The team at EMSOU has established Operation Torch to identify cyber criminality facilitated by the dark web across the region. 


If you have any information, contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Find out more about what we do at EMSOU as part of the national Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) network, here.


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