Busted: FBI Spots Belgian Policeman Buying Grenades, Guns on the Dark Web
After warrants were issued for his arrest, a Belgian policeman was apprehended in a police operation after the FBI spotted him purchasing grenades and handguns on the dark web.
A 35-year-old Belgian policeman, from the city of Charleroi in Belgium was arrested in late September by local authorities after the FBI spotted him purchasing handguns and grenades on the dark web.
According to Belgian publication NordEclair, a federal special police squad turned up on a neighborhood street shortly after midday to arrest the accused police officer at his home before transferring him to the offices of the Federal Police of Charleroi.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office in the city issued a dual arrest warrant for the officer. The local policeman, who belonged to the GSA (the Security and Intelligence Group), evidently knew enough about the dark web to purchase weapons and explosives on the internet. An investigation revealed that several weapons ordered from the dark web had reached the accused policeman, via post.
Indeed, during the arrest, a number of weapons were reportedly obtained by arresting officers at his home, revealed the Brussels Times.
The investigating judge has charged the accused with illegally importing weapons and two counts of attempted murder. The weapons were reportedly purchased by the policeman as a part of a plan to kill two acquaintances, reports say. Other publication sources cite that the potential targets were the boyfriends of two of his ex-girlfriends.
Law enforcement agencies haven’t always been technologically adept in understanding how dark net marketplaces work, although such a notion is changing of late, as evident with the FBI tipping off Belgian authorities about one of their own buying weapons illegally online.
The most notable examples of law enforcement agents turning rogue to engage in criminal activities are that of FBI agents Carl Force and Shaun Bridges, from the infamous Silk Road case.
Carl Force, a former federal agent who admitted to charges of money laundering, extortion and obstruction of justice saw a sentence of 78 months in prison. Force is alleged to have siphoned off funds up to $400,000 in bitcoin.
The case of Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service agent who stole over $800,000 in bitcoins during the Silk Road investigation to siphon it into an account at now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, ended with a sentence of 71 months in prison.
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