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A German teenager who made $4.3 million dealing drugs from his bedroom was sentenced to seven years in juvenile detention.

The man, known as “Maximilian S.”, was 18 years old at the time he began running a drug operation from a bedroom in his mother’s house, according to The Local.

The now 20-year-old dealer was sentenced for possession and intent to sell a number of drugs that included hashish, ecstasy pills, cocaine, LSD and prescription pills.

Maximilian S., who was nicknamed the “bedroom dealer”, purportedly transported 2,000 pounds of drugs worth 4 million pounds ($4.3 million) via mail. The teen ran a discreet business selling on the black market online where he was careful in encrypting emails and managing bank accounts under various aliases. He also rented computer servers in the Netherlands, used IP addresses throughout Germany, and conducted transactions via virtual currency Bitcoin.

Maximilian S. was busted when neighbors discovered a package he left in the hallway containing drugs. He was consequently sentenced by the Saxony state high court in Leipzig to seven years in juvenile detention despite no longer being a teen.

His 48-year-old mother was unaware of her son’s dealings. She claimed he was a loner because he had no girlfriend, never went on vacations and forbade her from entering his bedroom for the last two years.

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Dubbed by German newspapers as the “Bedroom Dealer,” Maximilian S. was an aspiring drug kingpin who ran an entire operation for two years out of his mother’s flat.

Having sold a mixed bag of tablets, hashish and LSD (valued at around €4 Million) for bitcoin across the dark web under the screen name Shiny Flakes, Maximilian was finally caught when a neighbor illegally went through a package waiting on Maximilian’s doorstep.

According to Norbert Goebel, the presiding judge at the Saxony state high court in Leipzig, the teen had been engaging in “highly criminal activity” since 2013, and facilitated the movement of “almost a ton of narcotics.” Upon raiding Maximilian’s house in Leipzig last February, the police found an assortment of drugs weighing around 300 kilograms, along with €48,000 in cash.

The Bedroom Dealer’s one-man operation had been one of the most sophisticated in its nature. He had rented servers in Netherlands, used a group of IP addresses throughout Germany, and even opened multiple bank accounts under fake IDs to channel his profits through.

During trial, a psychiatric evaluation of Maximilian showed that he had signs of “disturbed social behavior”, lacking emotional security. His 48-year-old mother, who was not allowed to enter his room ever since he began his operation two years ago, added that he “was once a wild child, who became a loner, never went on holidays and had no girlfriend.”

The supplier of Maximilian’s drugs remains at large, and it’s unlikely they’ll be found, given the sophistication of drug trade over the dark web. Maximilian, meanwhile, is looking at a sentence between six years to eight years and eight months behind bars in juvenile detention.

“In the end this was about only one thing,” said prosecutor Andre Kuhnert. “He wanted to be the greatest and best in the online drugs trade.”

Dark web dealers who rely on high-tech encryption have rarely been caught due to the dark web itself. Instead, they are often busted due to human error or elements out of their hands – like nosy neighbors going through your mail, for example.

Although there is no clear consensus regarding the Bitcoin Community’s stance over drugs bought via the cryptocurrency, this man’s sentencing is one of a plethora of reasons where drug use advocates support legalizing drug sales on the deep web, due to it being much safer and of higher quality than having to trade with street dealers.

Nevertheless, authorities around the world have been cracking down heavily on various drug dealers ever since Silkroad’s Ross Ulbricht was caught and tried.

Germany’s Most Notorious Darknet Drug Dealer Sentenced to Only 7 Years

The 20-year-old behind Shiny Flakes is now behind bars.

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The defendant, Maximilian S., takes a seat next to his lawyer. Photo: Theresa Locker/MOTHERBOARD

One of Germany’s most spectacular narcotics trials ever came to a close on Monday in Leipzig. The 20-year-old, Maximilian S., was found guilty of selling 914 kg of drugs over the darknet and clearnet. The sentence: seven years imprisonment. The sentencing marked the end of the biggest trial to date concerning darknet crime in Germany.

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After Maximilian S.’s surprising confession at the end of September, the presiding judge, Norbert Göbel, found him guilty of constructing and running the Shiny Flakes online shop. From December 2013 up until his arrest on February 26th, 2015 he received 4.4 million euros (about $4.8 million) worth of Bitcoin (3.9 million euros after loss in value, or about $4.2 million) in revenue.

Judge Göbel remarked on the grounds for the sentence as well as on the digitization of the drug trade, which has become an alternative to the traditional trade by means of darknet black markets and anonymous payment methods.

“This computer stuff may make a lot of things easier, but it [online sale] is just as bad as dealing on the street,” Göbel explained.

Maximilian S. may have been financially independent and have a high IQ, but there is still evidence of a poor “life plan” and emotional immaturity

Maximilian S. appeared unmoved during his sentencing. Even during his mother’s testimony today, in which she described his attitude towards her as increasingly “undiscerning, grumpy, stubborn and lazy,” he barely showed any emotion. He would like to do an apprenticeship in jail. He has yet to make plans, but he “definitely doesn’t want to be an artist or caregiver,” as he stated to his juvenile court representative. Nevertheless, imprisonment seems to have already had an effect: The defendant has shown signs of remorse, according to experts.

Unlike many of those watching the trial had expected, the court decided to judge Maximilian as a minor. The sentencing was preceded by an evaluation from the juvenile court representative stating that Maximilian S. may have been financially independent and have a high IQ, but there is still evidence of a poor “life plan” and emotional immaturity.

Shiny Flakes sent his goods in these kinds of packages, gladly throwing in a few gummy bears with the ecstasy. Photo: Bak Navi/VICE/MOTHERBOARD

Forensic expert Christof Hieronymus basically seconded the juvenile court representative’s evaluation, which was also made public on Monday: Maximilian S. stood out as a child and was unpopular in school. He’s also been medicated for ten years and underwent therapy. Accordingly he “has not understood” the “emotional impact of his actions” even today and he’s lacking “an emotional compass” as well as the ability to interact socially in groups. Both experts attested to “delayed emotional development.”

After dropping out of a culinary apprenticeship, the then 19-year-old began to fully devote his time to running Shiny Flakes and ultimately built t one of the most lucrative online drug shops in Germany. Aside from some help in the beginning from his mentor, RedBull (who has by now been arrested) and support from someone with the username DummesSchwein (who disappeared early on), Maximilian S. basically handled all the tasks of an online dealer himself, from dealing with the technical side of Bitcoin wallets and the server, to delivery pickups, to sending his product to customers.

The police are still unable to access two of his Bitcoin wallets and are therefore unable to see the balances

In an interview with Motherboard Germany in 2014, the operator of Shiny Flakes outlined his business and ascribed his success to his “exclusive selection of pills,” but also to optimizing his shop using statistical analysis of “customers and buying habits.”

But most of all, Shiny Flakes made it incredibly easy for customers with no dark web experience to order drugs over the internet and was able to draw in countless consumers with his image-heavy web shop. Shiny Flakes offered basically everything, from MDMA and ecstasy to speed and crystal meth to LSD and marijuana, which he stopped selling occasionally because of high demand. With a Bitcoin payment, you could order whatever you liked, and Shiny Flakes always tried to be service oriented.

The police presented the drugs they seized at a press conference in early March 2015 shortly after the arrest. Photo: Theresa Locker/MOTHERBOARD

“If it weren’t illegal,” the prosecutor argued in his closing statement, “you’d have to take your hat off to the defendant.” He called for a sentence of eight years and eight months given the magnitude of the business, because calling it a “crackpot idea would be downplaying it.”

Maximilian S.’s lawyer, Stefan Constable, said that his client found himself in a hamster wheel and was “looking for a kick” in creating Shiny Flakes—adding that his client had confessed completely. He called for six years and six months.

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However after the sentence was given, the defense attorney was visibly relieved. “I’m very satisfied today,” he told press. “We reached all our goals today.”

Maximilian made two mistakes that ultimately sealed his fate and drew the attention of the Leipzig Police. One was not putting the correct postage on some of his packages; one of them ended up being detained for having suspicious contents at a mail center in Leipzig after being returned to sender. Maximilian’s other mistake was always using the same package station located not far from his house.

He would take taxis to package station 145, which was under video surveillance. He always ordered these taxis using a cell phone he used exclusively for this purpose. More than a dozen cell phones and more than two dozen SIM cards were discovered in his room, demonstrating a high amount of effort put into logistics and organization, which continuously grew with the volume of his business. It’s hard to imagine the amount of pressure the dealer must have been under in the weeks leading up to his arrest.

Screenshot of the Shiny Flakes website. Image: Motherboard

Investigators only realized the scope of the case when they arrested Maximilian S. in his childhood bedroom, with neatly stacked drugs organized on shelves around the room. The arrest followed a pickup from a 51-year-old courier that Maximilian met in a parking lot near his apartment in Leipzig. The courier was already sentenced to five years and ten months in prison.

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In spite of the police seizures, it’s not clear whether Maximilian will actually be completely penniless after his release. The police are still unable to access two of his Bitcoin wallets and are therefore unable to see the balances. However his lawyer, Stefan Constabel, claims that both of the wallets are empty. Judge Göbel doesn’t seem completely convinced, however. “There must be something inside those uncrackable wallets,” the judge said.

Meanwhile the police are still trying to auction off the sum of Bitcoin that they were able to seize.

This 20-Year-Old Ran a $4 Million Drug Business From His Bedroom

A German teenager who made $4.3 million dealing drugs from his bedroom was sentenced to seven years in juvenile detention.

The man, known as “Maximilian S.”, was 18 years old at the time he began running a drug operation from a bedroom in his mother’s house, according to The Local.

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Maximilian S., who was nicknamed the “bedroom dealer”, purportedly transported 2,000 pounds of drugs worth 4 million pounds ($4.3 million) via mail. The teen ran a discreet business selling on the black market online where he was careful in encrypting emails and managing bank accounts under various aliases. He also rented computer servers in the Netherlands, used IP addresses throughout Germany, and conducted transactions via virtual currency Bitcoin.

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Maximilian S. was busted when neighbors discovered a package he left in the hallway containing drugs. He was consequently sentenced by the Saxony state high court in Leipzig to seven years in juvenile detention despite no longer being a teen.

His 48-year-old mother was unaware of her son’s dealings. She claimed he was a loner because he had no girlfriend, never went on vacations and forbade her from entering his bedroom for the last two years.

German teenager sold one tonne of drugs from his mother’s flat

Boy nicknamed the ‘bedroom dealer’ jailed for €4m online drug business run from his apartment in Leipzig

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Mon 2 Nov 2015 22.24 EST

Last modified on Mon 2 Nov 2015 22.26 EST

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A German court has jailed a young man who ran a multi-million-euro online drugs business and sold almost a tonne of illegal narcotics from his bedroom in his mother’s flat.

Dubbed by newspapers the “bedroom dealer” and identified only as Maximilian S, the now 20-year-old was sentenced to seven years in juvenile detention for what police described as a highly sophisticated Internet-based operation.

Why are drugs illegal? You asked Google – here’s the answer | David Nutt

The defendant had since late 2013 engaged in “highly criminal activity” and “flogged almost a tonne of narcotics”, said Norbert Goebel, presiding judge at the Saxony state high court in Leipzig.

Among the drugs the young man had offered on the encrypted so-called dark net and then the open Internet and sold via mail delivery were hashish, ecstasy tablets, cocaine, LSD and prescription pills.

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Police said S. had sold 914 kilos (about 2,000 pounds) of drugs worth some four million euros ($4.4 million), and that they found around 300 kilos when they arrested him in February this year.

Prosecutors had demanded eight years and eight months behind bars in juvenile detention, while the defence called for six and a half years.

The judge said the suspect’s full confession had counted in his favour, although he had shown no true regret to the court, having often smiled broadly during his trial.

A psychiatric evaluation said the chubby-faced youngster lacked emotional maturity and showed “disturbed social behaviour”.

His 48-year-old mother earlier told the trial that the one-time “wild child” had become a loner, had no girlfriend, never went on holidays and had barred her from his bedroom for two years.

To hide his tracks, S. had rented computer servers in the Netherlands, used IP addresses throughout Germany, encrypted his email, sent his drugs by registered mail, took payment in the virtual currency Bitcoin and stashed his cash in bank accounts opened under false names using fake ID.

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Bild newspaper said police caught him after a mail parcel with drugs was left in the hallway outside a recipient’s apartment and opened by neighbours, who contacted police, sparking a major investigation.

Police said they had still not identified his supplier, Bild reported from the trial.

“In the end this was about only one thing,” said prosecutor Andre Kuhnert. “He wanted to be the greatest and best in the online drugs trade.

German teenager sold one tonne of drugs from his mother’s flat

Boy nicknamed the ‘bedroom dealer’ jailed for €4m online drug business run from his apartment in Leipzig

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Mon 2 Nov 2015 22.24 EST

Last modified on Mon 2 Nov 2015 22.26 EST

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A German court has jailed a young man who ran a multi-million-euro online drugs business and sold almost a tonne of illegal narcotics from his bedroom in his mother’s flat.

Dubbed by newspapers the “bedroom dealer” and identified only as Maximilian S, the now 20-year-old was sentenced to seven years in juvenile detention for what police described as a highly sophisticated Internet-based operation.

Why are drugs illegal? You asked Google – here’s the answer | David Nutt

The defendant had since late 2013 engaged in “highly criminal activity” and “flogged almost a tonne of narcotics”, said Norbert Goebel, presiding judge at the Saxony state high court in Leipzig.

Among the drugs the young man had offered on the encrypted so-called dark net and then the open Internet and sold via mail delivery were hashish, ecstasy tablets, cocaine, LSD and prescription pills.

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Police said S. had sold 914 kilos (about 2,000 pounds) of drugs worth some four million euros ($4.4 million), and that they found around 300 kilos when they arrested him in February this year.

Prosecutors had demanded eight years and eight months behind bars in juvenile detention, while the defence called for six and a half years.

The judge said the suspect’s full confession had counted in his favour, although he had shown no true regret to the court, having often smiled broadly during his trial.

A psychiatric evaluation said the chubby-faced youngster lacked emotional maturity and showed “disturbed social behaviour”.

His 48-year-old mother earlier told the trial that the one-time “wild child” had become a loner, had no girlfriend, never went on holidays and had barred her from his bedroom for two years.

To hide his tracks, S. had rented computer servers in the Netherlands, used IP addresses throughout Germany, encrypted his email, sent his drugs by registered mail, took payment in the virtual currency Bitcoin and stashed his cash in bank accounts opened under false names using fake ID.

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Bild newspaper said police caught him after a mail parcel with drugs was left in the hallway outside a recipient’s apartment and opened by neighbours, who contacted police, sparking a major investigation.

Police said they had still not identified his supplier, Bild reported from the trial.

“In the end this was about only one thing,” said prosecutor Andre Kuhnert. “He wanted to be the greatest and best in the online drugs trade.

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