They sent the drugs by mail on order: 1.6 kilos of heroin, 3.7 kilos of cocaine, 4 kilos of amphetamines, almost 8 kilos of hashish, almost 7000 ecstasy pills, more than 1400 LSD trips and, and, and….
The drug trafficking was also carried out via a server in a former Bundeswehr barracks on the Moselle. (aka Cyberbunker)
Three men from Herford will have to answer for gang-related drug trafficking before the Bielefeld Regional Court from next week. In terms of quantities, this is one of the largest drug trials in Herford’s history, if not the largest ever.
The Herford crime complex is only a small part of a huge drug trade in the darknet, which the BKA had uncovered in 2019 and which leads(s) to trials in other courts as well. The central platform in the darknet was the so-called Wall Street Market. It was operated by Dutch internet provider CyberBunker from an underground data center in the former Bundeswehr barracks Mont Royal in Rhineland-Palatinate. Via this website, and later via other darknet platforms, the Herford trio allegedly operated a mail-order business in 2019/20 with virtually all drugs available on the market.
The goods purchased in Holland are said to have been stored and packed in an apartment in Herford. In addition to the usual types of narcotics, the offer also included the prescription drug ketamine and the new psycho drug 2-CB.
According to the indictment, the main perpetrator was a 31-year-old man from Herford. He is said to have procured the drugs and packaging material and managed the money (Bitcoins) generated by the online store. He supervised the work of the other defendants, sent them the orders received and then took the finished packages to the mail center on Bielefelder Straße in his car. In the storage of the driver’s door thereby always a fright gun with magazine is to have lain ready to hand.
A second defendant is said to have made his Herford apartment available for storing and picking the drugs. The 30-year-old then took some of the orders to the mail center himself. As protection against theft, he allegedly kept a revolver with ammunition in his closet in the bedroom. Drugs were also seized during a search.
The third in the group, a 28-year-old from Herford, is said to have entered the drug trade at the end of October 2019. According to the indictment, he took care of the administration of the mail order business and customer service. He had answered and received the messages and complaints of buyers and processed the order lists in the apartment of the 30-year-old accomplice, so there packed the narcotics. He is also said to have brought orders to the mail center. All three have been in custody since May 2020. In the illegal trade, the trio is said to have been assisted by two accomplices. They are being prosecuted separately.
The indictment lists 2756 individual sales with a total quantity of more than 22.7 kilograms of drugs for the period from the end of August 2019 to the end of February 2020. Through the sales, the defendants allegedly made 211,642 euros, the alleged head of the gang with a separately prosecuted man another 374,719 euros.
February 10, start of trial
The sender of the parcel was an innocuous company name like Siemens. Inside were everyday items like a kettle – all just camouflage.
The trial of three suspected drug dealers from Herford has begun at the Bielefeld Regional Court.
The trial of three suspected drug dealers from Herford has begun at Bielefeld Regional Court.
Because it was about the drugs that were hidden in the shipment: Heroin, cocaine, hashish, amphetamines, LSD, ecstasy and still other substances such as the new psycho drug 2-CB, but also the prescription drug ketamine.
Their drug depot was initially an apartment on the Schobeke, then later the address of the 30-year-old at the Mausefalle, not far from the Old Market. In the so-called bunker apartments, the illegal goods, previously procured from the Netherlands, were stored and packed for shipment – probably a total of at least almost 23 kilos. The dealers then drove the orders by car to the mail center on Bielefelder Straße. They are said to have always had a pistol ready to fire in the side compartment of the driver’s door, as well as a revolver with diabolo bullets in the apartment at the Mausefalle.
At the start of the trial, only the indictment was read out. It comprises just under 90 pages, 53 of which list the drug sales in tabular form. For this purpose, e-mail accounts with the orders received were evaluated. For the period from the end of August 2019 to the end of February 2020, these are after all 2756 individual sales. Thus, the defendants are said to have taken 211,642 euros, the alleged head of the gang (31) with a separately prosecuted man another 374,719 euros, mostly in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
The trio had installed their own sales platform on the darknet called Combi.org, but also used other platforms in the hidden part of the web, including the site Wallstreet-Market. The latter had been rooted out by the Federal Criminal Police Office, which in May 2020 had also led to an apartment search at the Mausefalle and the arrests of the three.
According to information from this newspaper, the suspected drug dealers want to comment on the charges on one of the next days of the trial. They are said to be largely confessed. Since they are drug addicts themselves, they also want to undergo therapy.
31-year-old mastermind was himself a drug user. He obtained his “stuff” from a man from Holland, who suggested that he himself become a dealer via the Darknet, “just like one of thousands,” the 31-year-old from Herford explained in court. The Dutchman, who operated under the pseudonym “Butter” and against whom a case is pending in his home country, supplied him on commission. “I met him only once. But we exchanged regularly through chats. He also sent me photos of his children or how he redesigned his garden.”
The man from Herford built up a customer base on the Darknet – via his self-created platform Combi.org . At first, he did this from his basement at home, later he rented a storage room. When the business began to flourish, he hired an acquaintance. His apartment on Schobeke became a drug bunker and shipping station. Separate proceedings are underway against this accomplice.
When he was no longer satisfied with his work, he exchanged him for the now co-defendant Herforder (30), who made his apartment at the Mausefalle available for dealing. “He still had drug debts with me, so he could work them off.”
And because burglars had looted his drug stash in the meantime, “I got myself a revolver.” He gave it to his accomplice, who kept it handy in his closet. Because through contacts in the scene he had learned “that I was to be robbed again”.
The kilograms of drugs from Holland – “we always got more than we could sell” – he always received himself and brought them to the mousetrap. “Because in the packages was my payment in cash.” In the beginning, he says, it was 5,000 euros a month, then later double that. The drug transactions themselves were handled with Bitcoin, the proceeds transferred to Holland.
For larger drug orders, the shipments were disguised, for example in kettles or fanny packs, and provided with return addresses of well-known manufacturers. “Also, it’s easier to track packages. There’s no way anyone can say they didn’t receive their order.”
To make his platform known in the scene, he said, he initially bought 1000 fake positive customer reviews on the net. The apartment of his partner, who lived there alone, he had monitored with a camera. “He had dealings with people I didn’t like, so I wanted to play it safe.” His accomplice had known about the camera.
To be continued