Though digital black market Silk Road was shut down years ago, there are still folks out there profiting off of selling drugs and other illegal contraband online. The latest to go down for doing so is a (now) 20-year-old German dealer known simply as “Maximilian S.” Known as the “Bedroom Dealer,” Maximilian was tried for selling a literal ton of various narcotics from his bedroom in his mother’s flat. Yesterday, at the Saxony state high court in Leipzig, Maximilian was sentenced to seven years in juvenile detention for his crimes.
Maximilian has been at it since 2013, when he was a teen, selling “hashish, ecstasy tablets, cocaine, LSD and prescription pills” over the Internet and shipping the drugs in the mail. Police say that, to date, Maximilian has sold 914 kilos of drugs worth $4.4 million. Yahoo News describes his method:
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.
Police were led to Maximilian after one of his packages was left out in front of a purchaser’s apartment, and a newsy neighbor opened it, finding drugs. After a major investigation, Maximilian was caught with 300 kilos of drugs in February.
Prosecutors demanded that the “Bedroom Dealer” be sentenced to eight years and eight months, but his cooperation led to the judge’s decision of seven years. Yahoo describes Maximilian as follows:
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.