The law enforcement from Dilsen-Stokkem became aware of the 18-year-old market marketplace vendor in December 2016. The officers from Dilsen-Stokkem have found that the young man tried to start a small weapons business. According to the prosecuting attorney, the boy bought and sold Glock firearms exclusively. The 18-year-old boy showed a keen interest in Kalashnikovs. Before arresting the boy, the undercover officers met with the young man or his business partners depending on the circumstance.
The boy who managed the vending account started interacting with undercover officers through the darknet. He said to officers that “money was the ultimate goal” when they interacted with them. From the age of 16, he started to found his way into the deep web, place where he began to grow accustomed to the prevalent illegal trades. Since then he and various co-defendants started a business.
The prosecutor said “It’s a booming business. Mainly after the attacks, arms trade needs attention.” The undercover officers investigated the weapons trade online where they posed as suppliers for that 18-year-old boy. Then the authorities made the arrest on December 21 by creating the setup of where the two parties would meet and swap money for a significant number of Glocks. According to some government agencies, some of the recent terror attacks are believed to have benefited from the darknet like Bitcoin Money laundering and purchases of weapons. The case of Munich gunman set the darknet chain of events off, about weapons at least.
They met at McDonald’s in Bilzen where the officers quickly apprehended the defendants. The prosecutor jailed for a sentence of four years with the deferment of one year. The attorney told that the father serves five years without a postponement. The sentence will begin on June 19.
Similar to this case, the defendants purchased deactivated weapons off the darknet. They all sentenced to five years in prison. The prosecutor said “According to his lawyer, the teenager is a smart kid and a scout at that. But that is not the case.” The evidence from the computer of youth proved that, from the early age, he knew what exactly the darknet contained and that the darknet displayed an obsession of his.