A Mid-Aged Man Who Sold Drugs Fined with nine years in prison

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A West Yorkshire citizen, Simon Barclay was found guilty of drug trafficking worth millions of pounds on the dark web using bitcoin earnings.

Barclay, 41, pled guilty to some offenses on Tuesday at Leeds Crown Court, including possessing Class A and B narcotics and storing illegal profits in cryptocurrencies worth over £5.5 million ($6.6 million) in late 2021.

As per a West Yorkshire Police report, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), the UK’s national dark web crime investigations section, first identified Barclay’s illicit actions in 2021.

The name of the prisoner was discovered after months of inquiry, and the ERSOU contacted the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit and Kirklees Police. In addition, Barclay’s frequent visits to a nearby post office from addresses associated with him were monitored by the Yorkshire cyber crime section and Kirklees Police.

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Kirklees Programme Precision Officers apprehended the drug dealer in November 2021. Authorities examined his property, especially his personal computers when he was apprehended to find the drugs and cryptocurrency.

Barclay’s use of the dark web helped him to connect to his drug network, and this action proves the effectiveness of information sharing between the police and associates, DI Simon Reddington, an officer with the Kirklees Police Programme Precision Team, stated.

Simon Barclay received a nine-year term for his offenses. Later this year, the felon will face a Proceeds of Crime hearing. This will guarantee that his earnings are properly confiscated and that he never reaps any advantages from them after his prison sentence.

Barclay isn’t the first to use bitcoins for drug transactions. Last year, Indian authorities arrested Makarand Pardeep Adivirkar, commonly known as the “Crypto King,” for acquiring narcotics from the dark web using Bitcoin, according to CryptoPotato.

Germany seized $25 million in Bitcoin after taking down the servers of Hydra, the world’s biggest illicit dark web market.

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