Whether it was actually posted by Shiny, who was a registered dealer on three deep web markets, can't be conclusively determined today—maybe Shiny was just trying to alienate other dealers that gave him bad ratings. After the police became suspicious of a package with insufficient postage on it, all they had to do was keep an eye out for more packages of the same size with the various stamps and return addresses. He knew that the police wouldn't be capable of reading his emails that were PGP encrypted or following his Bitcoin cash flows. According to the police investigation, on the one hand, he built up a highly professional drug business (he disguised the revenue as profit from a registered freelance web design business); nevertheless, his success and the pressure that came with it made him less careful. Faced with an overwhelming amount of evidence against him, Moritz's chances in court aren't looking too good, although he has retained the experienced defense attorney, Stefan Costabel. They just want to make us paranoid. Shiny Flakes: Internet-Drogenhandel bringt "Kinderzimmer-Dealer" lange Strafe Als Schnapsidee hat ein 20-jähriger Leipziger seinen groß angelegten Online-Drogenhandel "Shiny Flakes… A press conference held to discuss the standing of the case and the background of the investigation was filled with reporters from all the biggest German TV stations and newspapers, as you would expect. Everything the police needed for further investigations and for effortlessly shutting down the platform was laid out for them on a silver platter, from Cloudflare access to the login details for his servers at a Dutch company. Only a month prior to the seizure they had no idea who they were actually looking for, then imagine: They're standing in a 20-year-old's bedroom that's packed to the brim with drugs with a text document open on his laptop giving them access to all of his accounts. A mysterious post on Shiny Flakes' dealer profile on another darknet black market now appears to be a kind of prophecy: "Dealers, run for your lives.". Lead image:  Just a small portion of the 320 kg of all sorts of drugs, that were seized during the raid. Am Mittwoch führten die Ermittler bundesweit weitere Hausdurchsuchungen durch. The police had nothing on him online, until they were right in his room, which served as his warehouse and his headquarters. By the end of January, 2015, after keeping several package stations under surveillance, they identified an individual who was sending as well as receiving suspicious packages. While the authorities continue trying to auction off the 1,197 bitcoins seized from his 10 wallets, his lawyer, Stefan Costabel, is pouring over the many boxes of investigation files, preparing for what may be his hardest defense ever. He was smart enough to know how to set up his online business with the help of Tor without being discovered. The police only needed a few days to cull the seized hard drive, which was not encrypted, before they found what they were looking for: practically all the addresses of Shiny's bulk buyers in Germany, the people who ordered kilos of drugs from him to then further distribute. Officers in Leipzig apprehended two individuals they believe to have been involved in the web-based Shiny-Flakes narcotics dealership, one a 20 … „Shiny Flakes“ vertickte Drogen aus seinem Kinderzimmer – und wird jetzt zur Netflix-Serie NOIZZ.de Leipzig , Berlin , Deutschland , Köln , Bingo „Shiny Flakes“: Über 4 Millionen Euro mit Drogenversand umgesetzt Leipziger Internet Zeitung But it's clear that one of Shiny's darknet profiles  was repeatedly visible online long after his arrest. The amount of drugs allegedly found in his room is over 15,000 times more than what the law defines as "minor amounts." A screencapture of Shiny Flakes' webshop shortly before it was taken offline. The supposed anonymity of online dealing has changed the profile of the successful dealer. Maximilian allegedly didn't just sell basically all illegal substances (except for heroin), he also dealt in a large variety of prescription drugs. So the police asked 23 post offices around Germany for similar instances and assessed the data they received. The message: Nobody is out of reach of the law's eagle eyes, not the street dealer, not the darknet vendor and not even the customers. Shiny Flakes sent his goods in these kinds of packages, gladly throwing in a few gummy bears with the ecstasy. "Then you can launch your barrage of in-depth questions," one officer muttered with hardly disguised disdain. He's arrested before he can reach one of the drives containing incriminating material. A large part of the investigation's success though was due to more classic police work, especially the use of surveillance. The authorities not only found a neatly laid-out list of deliveries made since December 2013, including notes made on individual orders, they also found a document listing all of the most important logins for running his platforms. But this time, they aren't alone. He just got too reckless. Now, after almost two years, Shiny Flakes is no more. Yet Shiny was still careful when having a one-on-one conversation with Chris. Auch wenn das Urteil gegen den Betreiber des Online-Drogen-Shops „Shiny Flakes“ seit mehr als einem Jahr gesprochen ist, werden noch immer Ermittlungsverfahren gegen die Besteller eingeleitet. The starting point for the authorities' investigation was a package with insufficient postage that didn't find its way back to the (nonexistent) sender and was opened at some point. Anfangs nutzte Maximilian S. laut Anklage das Darknet für seine Geschäfte. On Monday, August 24th, the trial of Maximilian S., the alleged operator of the online drug market Shiny Flakes, began in Leipzig. Max S. betrieb in seinem Kinderzimmer den Drogen-Onlineshop Shiny-Flakes - er verkaufte fast eine Tonne Drogen. On March 10th, the police, using the information obtained on the stick, got warrants and conduct searches all over Germany. "Since he was an orderly person, he stored it all on shelves," an officer answers. Ein 20-Jähriger hatte die Drogen gehortet, um sie über den Webversand "Shiny Flakes" gewinnbringend zu verkaufen. Neue Netflix-Serie: "Shiny Flakes" und die Drogen aus dem Kinderzimmer Ein Schüler verkauft aus seinem Kinderzimmer übers Internet Drogen und verdient Millionen. Georg*, 51, drives up to a young man's apartment in the north of Leipzig, Germany, on February 26th, 2015. A custom pose from the excited spokesperson for the police at the press conference. On February 24th, the authorities allowed Maximilian to meet the courier to receive 25,000 ecstasy pills, 20 kilos of hash, 10,000 doses of LSD and 27 kilos of amphetamine without incident. They boast of having captured data from the darknet and employing highly-specialized IT cracks during the investigation, leading to its success. The lion's share of his earnings were actually made in the three months leading up to his arrest. What's definite is that his aggressive rhetoric didn't harm his business. It's very probable that Dutchmaster was one of Shiny's suppliers. Shiny Flakes' original dot com domain happened to be registered anew just one day after the raid at Moritz's mom's place—to a new name and address. Der 20-Jährige befand sich im … Polizei überführt Web-Dealer "Shiny Flakes" - posted in Allgemeines: Leipzig - Es ist einer der größten Drogenfunde in Deutschland: Die Leipziger Ermittlungsbehörden haben offenbar einen 20-jährigen Dealer überführt, der über das Internet in großem Stil Drogen verkauft haben soll. These kinds of packages continuously surfaced around Leipzig. The authorities have elsewhere proved to not be all too tactically skilled in their investigation. For most visitors it just look a little bit more inviting than similar notes after police darknet operations that ​we have s​een in the past. ", He also added that, in the end, it looks like Moritz became either too greedy or too sloppy: "I would never use the same username for more than a year, even if it is practical and appealing. And this was Maximilian's forte. The unlikely career of a darknet dealer ended when police confiscated 4.1 million euros worth of drugs from his childhood bedroom. The Dutch authorities recently raided the wholesale supplier, Dutchmaster, which led this month to search warrants being issued for other German dealers, including colleagues of Chris'. The police publicized the success of their raid that afternoon, uploading on both Shiny Flakes' clearnet website and on his Onion domain, hosted on the darknet, an advertisement for careers in the Saxon police: "One job—1000 possibilities." For the presentation of the confiscated drugs, the police set up long tables. He would take taxis to package station 145, which was under video surveillance. Using one for two years, the way Shiny did, is simply too long. This story has been translated from Motherboard Germany. Maximilian is accused of dealing at least 914 kilograms of drugs worldwide over a period of 14 months. Bei einer Wohnungsdurchsuchung der elterlichen Wohnung fanden die Fahnder Drogen im Werte von rund 4 Millionen The other was laziness: Maximilian kept using the same package station that was situated close to his house to send and receive drug parcels. What's clear is that Moritz is a highly intelligent nerd with arrogant tendencies. "The police can make hundreds of mistakes. It's certain that Maximilian, should he be guilty of running Shiny Flakes, nonetheless operated with caution and sophistication for a long time and safeguarded himself in many respects. According to prosecutors, a courier from the Netherlands drove to the Gohlis district of Leipzig each Thursday to replenish Maximilian's supply of drugs—investigators knew this from watching the package station and the entrance to his house. ", DHL logistics hubs in Saxony like this one in Radeberg are the nodal points that the majority of Shiny Flakes' domestic and probably also international deliveries passed through. They no longer necessarily have to be a violent and scary puppet master—as the example of Ross Ulbricht demonstrates—they can be a loner, new-kid-on-the-block-type, who would rather sit at home and deal online than have contact to the outside world; a person whose strengths lay in strategy, computer skills, cryptography and logistics. Shiny-Flakes-Prozess "Kinderzimmer-Dealer" geht gegen Urteil vor Von seinem Kinderzimmer aus betrieb Max S. einen florierenden Drogen-Onlineshop. In an exclusive ​interview with Motherboard in September of 2014, Shiny said himself, "If a customer is unsatisfied with a product, I get very direct.". But if I, the dealer, make a mistake, it's deadly.". What's more in question is why the police waited so long to take the apartment after arresting the courier. It remains to be seen whether the new registrant will attract the attention of the Saxon Police. Also, plain luck played a big role. If you believe the local police, nobody is out of reach of the law's eagle eyes. The depots served merely as dead drops; often, the packages were addressed to someone other than the person who picked them up, with a second bogus party listed as the return address. Instead, the Leipzig Police contacted property management and surveilled a totally innocent individual for over a week. It's a routine pickup. ​, Responding to the authorities' proud claim that they're now basically able to do crackdowns within the darknet, Chris*—another darknet dealer who's known the accused for over a year—assuredly explains, "I don't believe that. But he did have all the paraphernalia necessary for the portioning and packaging of drugs. After the alleged courier, a Bulgarian called Zhivko Z., was arrested—his trial also begins in Leipzig on August 24th—an entire hour went by before a SWAT team stormed Maximilian's room. 2015 wurde er zu sieben Jahren … Nachrichten » "Shiny Flakes": 38 Hausdurchsuchungen nach Drogenfund in Leipzig Push Mitteilungen FN als Startseite dts Nachrichtenagentur 12.03.2015 | 10:58 … Mehr aktuelle News aus Leipzig … Chris claims to be partially responsible for Shiny changing his PGP key in mid-February, forcing him to move his domain. "The police can make hundreds of mistakes," another drug dealer, who's known Shiny for a while, explained regarding the pitfalls of online dealing. We are now able to trace how the seizure was executed thanks to new information provided exclusively to Motherboard Germany. A major drug bust was announced by German police this week. And the authorities have another thrilling piece of information for those interested in bureaucracy in the audience: "He didn't keep accounting books." Der junge Mann, der hinter shiny flakes stand, wurde festgenommen. He seems to have been especially diligent about securing the door to his room—to this day the defendant claims that his mother and stepfather knew nothing about his profitable startup because he would fortify himself in his room whenever he was conducting business. If he's prosecuted as an adult, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Moritz mainly sent his packages within German-speaking countries, but some made it all the way to Indonesia, sometimes by registered mail, often to automated package stations or PO boxes, and, for bigger orders, as traceable deliveries with tracking numbers. „ Netflix “ verfilmt die Story um Maximilian S. (23) aus Gohlis, der von seinem Kinderzimmer aus But when questioned on how they were able to seize the digitally-encrypted currency and look at darknet data, their answers came up short. Maximilian was a busy young man who planned his operations meticulously and was adequately equipped for comprehensive trade in narcotics worldwide.