David Mitchell, a 48-year old British citizen, was arrested by the US police after an attempt to purchase a gun with cryptocurrency via the dark web. Mr. Mitchell was planning to buy a Glock 9mm pistol which costs around £2,000.
The man explained to the court that he was curious whether it is possible to buy a gun with the help of cryptocurrency via the deep web. Eventually, he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.
Lord Pentland, the judge who handed the decision, commented: “Seems like you had a plan to purchase these items by carrying out research on the Internet and then proceeding to order them for delivery to the United Kingdom from the United States of America. However, thanks to the fruitful cooperation of the British and American police forces, your plan was not successful”.
It is also known that Mr. Mitchell has some mental and behavioral problems. Mitchell’s attorney has emphasized that the man has good recommendations and its characterized by his colleagues as a responsible person. Moreover, the man has never had problems with the police.
This case is an important milestone for the work of the newly established Organised Crime Partnership, which is headquartered in Edinburgh. The Mitchell case is the first serious case carried out by the OCP in collaboration with the National Crime Agency.
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Gerry McLean, the Chief Detective, has commented: “But we are proud of the work performed by the Scottish police in collaboration with the US forces. We have to stop organized crime and the spread of the dark web. And we are very keen on that”