“CYBER MONDAY” SALES CAN AND WILL SEND YOU TO JAIL - Robin Shellow Attorney
Shopping on cyber Monday is a holiday tradition that can land you in jail.
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“CYBER MONDAY” SALES CAN AND WILL SEND YOU TO JAIL

“Cyber Monday.” Either you love it or, hate it. My mother used to call it retail therapy. Whether you’re getting your finances in order for a deal on a new TV, or dreading the thought of having to face hordes of frenzied shoppers, we’re all familiar with the e-commerce holiday “Cyber Monday.”

Darknet sales and discounts are booming and every purchase on the darknet may be from a site now operated by law enforcement. If the site is not operated by law enforcement, postal inspectors working with the DEA, FBI or local law enforcement may arrive at your doorstep with package in hand. And, sometimes, after your signature is completed or it is left on your doorstep, the phrase we have a search warrant is followed by an invasion of your privacy.

Justice Douglas said, what happens behind doors that are open and closed at the sole discretion of the police is a black chapter in every country’s history U.S. v Carignan, 342U.S.36,46 (1951). I searched various search engines for the terms Darknet and Marketing. I was as careful so not to trigger unwanted and unnecessary attention by law enforcement for this post about the incredible legal jeopardy and lethality that looms over those who search the darknet for controlled substances.

Please let me be clear — THE DARKNET IS NOT A HOSIERY SEARCH ENGINE.

“Vendors,” AKA drug dealers sell Controlled Substances whose purity and potency has resulted in the imprisonment of many and the death of thousands. I discovered Grams is the go-to search engine for looking up sellers of drugs on the Darknet. It is synced to pair up drug buyers with the most relevant drug seller.

Desperate addicts’ type in the amount and substance necessary to stave off withdrawal symptoms and are redirected to a page that contains the controlled substances that quiet the neurotransmitters screaming FEED ME. It is the fear of withdrawal that drives addicts to visit these sites, weekly and sometimes daily.

Two results down on the page that contained an explanation and instructions to the search engine Grams, I read that Kilos is a new Darknet search engine that goes where google does not. I truly hope that six former fraternity brothers who decide on “Cyber Monday” to purchase tickets to the NCAA Final Four never find the darknet after they discovered the non- medicinally sanctioned practice of macro or micro dosing. If they do, former fraternity brothers become co-defendants and co-conspirators. The federal statute 21 U.S.C. 841 (a) (1) makes it illegal to Under federal law, the possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute it is a serious offense. Readers of other criminal defense lawyer blog posts have read it is easy to indict a criminal defendant for conspiracy as it is to indict a ham sandwich.

You will not become a ham sandwich or a criminal defendant, if you remember my advice.

The Darknet is not a hosiery search engine.

Whether opaque, sheer stockings and bodysuits are among your secret Santa gifts, please go to www.wolfordshop.com. The Darknet is not a hosiery search engine.

Items on a typical centralized Darknet market are listed from a range of vendors in an eBay-like marketplace. Virtually all such markets have advanced reputation, search, and shipping features familiar to Amazon shoppers.

The Deep web is often confused with the Dark web, but they are two very distinctive things. The Deep web is the entire web not accessible by conventional search engines, but the Dark web are certain websites within the Deep web linked to criminal activity and illegal marketplaces.

The Dark web represents the greater part of the online drug market. It allows vendors and sellers to buy and sell in relative anonymity, and appears to be the first place in which New Psychoactive Substances are marketed.

Grams is considered the Google of the Darknet, owning an appearance like the Google search engine which is able to provide, simply by typing the drug name, a list of a potential vendor’s name, location, and the price of the product.

Grams also includes many features similar to Google. It contains a “I Feel Lucky” search button, and a series of features which allow users to filter out results and sort the most recent listings.

As frequent readers of my blog know, I represent criminal defendants whose addictions, for reasons both new and old, are what I have termed “supersized addicts.

Circumstantial evidence of the quantity and quality are used by prosecutors in federal and state courts to distinguish between drug user and drug seller. The darknet has fueled this misconception. It makes arguments for a treatment-based approach by courts exponentially more difficult.

Circumstantial evidence that a defendant is a drug seller as opposed to a drug user often includes the amount of the drug and its packaging. You do not need to be a genius to spot internet packaging. Cops spot it. Parents of students who are home for the holidays spot it. Postal inspectors, along with the alphabet soup of agents from the DEA, FBI, ATF, have all become educated to figure it out.

I have learned about super-sized addicts with opioid addiction from the marketing strategies too often used by Big Pharma. I have now learned that whether darknet or AMA sanctioned, marketing strategies can, and has, created super-sized addicts.

Addiction psychiatrists have just started to study the Darknet as a better way to understand how their clients and mine have changed their own neurotransmitters to respond to escalating amounts of opiates, stimulants, benzodiazepines and other NPS. The acronym NPS stands for New Psychoactive Substances.

The Federal Controlled Substances Act or CSA (21 U.S.C. §801 (1971)) classifies drugs into Schedules (i.e. Schedule I, II, III, etc.) The decision as to which schedule a drug belongs to is both a pharmacological and political decision. Marijuana and heroin, for instance, are both contained in Schedule I. Controlled substances that have yet to be scheduled, but act on the body like other drugs, are called often prosecuted as “controlled substance analogs.”

The Federal Analogue Act, 21 U.S.C. § 813, is a section of the United States Controlled Substances Act passed in 1986 which allowed any chemical “substantially similar” to a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II to be treated as if it were listed in Schedule I, but only if intended for human consumption.

Welcome to NPS. Welcome to the new frontier created by the darknet.

Many of the people I used to represent who bought drugs from comparative strangers did so almost exclusively in the food courts of shopping malls, and many of those clients were arrested for what are called controlled buys.

But now, the crowded shopping malls of Black Friday have been replaced by the “Cyber Monday” markets of the Darknet.

A controlled buy often refers to a type of drug investigation in which either an undercover law enforcement officer or a criminal informant arranges to make a transaction. with pre-recorded funds.

The evidence of transfers from your bank account to your bitcoin account has replaced, the well-dressed imposter, posing as a friend of a friend, lurking around the handbag department using the code-words, there is a “Cyber Monday” sale for designer-messenger-bags.

Darknet Addicts are defendants.

Darknet Defendants are addicts

Whether it is the drug seller who is arrested, as crypto-currency transactions can now be traced, or it is the drug user who knows Santa’s dirty secret that supersized addicts buy in bulk over the Darknet, you need a lawyer who can help.

And that lawyer is me.

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