05/20/2020Darknet News, Europe, Law Enforcement

A 26-year-old from the district ordered drugs via darknet at least nine times. Because he did not want to be permanently dependent on suppliers, he also ran a breeding facility for cannabis plants in his wardrobe. In the meantime, however, the engineer has come to terms with the issue of drugs, as he claimed before the Landsberg Court of Aldermen.

When he began his studies in 2013, the man had often resorted to the joint. His consumption had increased over the years, he admitted in court. In the end, he indulged in “a little gruel every day”. He got his refill by kneading. “It’s not much different from ordering on Amazon”, claimed the defendant. However, Judge Alexander Kessler and the jury members suspected that he wanted to play down the effort he had made to get a special browser for Darknet, for example. Or the Bitcoins with which he paid for his purchases. Marijuana and hashish – between 20 and 100 grams each – were delivered by mail.

The authorities had found out about the 26-year-old after the police in Dortmund had busted an online drug dealer. One of the orders led to the defendant. A few months earlier – in August 2019 – he had been caught at Augsburg central station with 8.6 grams of hashish in his backpack.

During the subsequent search of the apartment, the officers finally came across the nursery in the bedroom closet, where three cannabis plants were growing. The 26-year-old reported that he had acquired the necessary knowledge from books. In addition, he used to work a lot in his parents’ garden at home “and took care of biology”.

At the beginning of this year, the accused stopped using drugs, according to his own statement. The decisive impetus came from the indictment, which had given him a shock. In addition, he has now completed his studies and found a good job, which he does not want to jeopardize. Discussions with friends had helped him to get along without drugs and to endure the withdrawal symptoms – sleep disturbances and restlessness. In the meantime, the 26-year-old is sure that he can manage without drugs. “I would rule out the possibility of a relapse.”

The court believed him and made a positive social prognosis. So despite two previous convictions, the man got off with one year and 10 months probation. This was in line with prosecutor Benjamin Junghans’ request. He acknowledged that the defendant had come clean. Negative aspects were the large amounts of drugs and the fact “that this all happened quite professionally”. Defense attorney Dr. Silke Ackermann would have liked to keep the suspended sentence at one year and seven months, as it was a “below average drug offence”.

The court set the probation period at three years. In addition, the convicted person must pay 1,200 euros to an addiction aid facility and prove for one year with drug tests at his own expense that he no longer consumes.

The verdict is final.