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Former Boston man jailed for selling kilos of cocaine, ecstasy and MCAT over dark web under the username ‘Goodgear’

A man has been jailed for selling multiple kilos of cocaine, ecstasy and MCAT over the dark web.

The Cyber Investigations team at the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) began making enquiries into the username 'Beatyhouse2015', which later became 'Goodgear'' after it was found to be active on several dark web market places.

Detectives identified 76kgs of illegal drug sales, including cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy) and mephedrone (4-MMC, MCAT) over a 14-month period (between May 2022 and July 2023).

Donatas Kasputis
Donatas Kasputis

They also identified names and addresses of more than 550 drug buyers who had been using 'Goodgear'.

The username was linked to a user in Boston, Lincolnshire, who had subsequently moved to Norfolk.

On 14 occasions over a 24-day period the suspect dispatched a total of 174 parcels, often between 10 and 30 packages daily.

Donatas Kasputis was arrested at the Post Office, carrying parcels of drugs
Donatas Kasputis was arrested at the Post Office, carrying parcels of drugs

The suspect was identified through a DNA profile.

While it did not match anyone on UK forensic databases, 35-year-old Donatas Kasputis was identified when the profile information was shared with international partners through the Prüm Agreement.

Named after the treaty signed in the German town in 2005, the agreement enables UK law enforcement to quickly trace suspects or link crimes by sharing forensic information, including DNA profiles, through other member states’ databases for the purpose of solving crime.

While such information sharing has been possible through existing Interpol processes, Prüm streamlines and speeds up the stages.

In July 2023 Kasputis was arrested at a Post Office in Norfolk.

In his possession were 16 packages containing 4-MMC and a small amount of cannabis.

Subsequent searches at his home address in Norwich, supported by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), identified 130g of cocaine, more than 1,300 tablets of MDMA, 6.4kg of mephedrone and just over 1.4kg of cannabis.

Kasputis, of Breckland Road in Norwich, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug to another (namely cocaine and MDMA), two counts of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug to another (namely mephedrone and cannabis), two counts of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply (namely cocaine and MDMA) and two counts of possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply (namely mephedrone and cannabis).

On Wednesday (May 22) at Norwich Crown Court he was jailed for a total of nine years.

On sentencing, His Honour Judge Pugh said Kasputis played a significant role, further aggravated by his destruction of evidence.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Naylor, from EMSOU’s Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said: "This man was operating on the dark web and a cloud-based messaging app as an illegal drugs vendor. He would receive orders and then dispatch them to buyers both in the UK and internationally.

"Similar to other types of cyber crime, the use of the internet and dark web allows individuals to sell to a much wider market, crossing county and country borders, which would normally require much larger organised crime groups.

"Our joint investigation, supported by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and ERSOU, really demonstrated a Team Cyber UK approach to international investigation and enabled us to identify the scale and extent of Kasputis' activity.

"Using the dark web is often seen as anonymous and vendors often claim to protect their buyers, but the information on those 550 people we were able to identify as buying drugs from 'Goodgear' have been shared with the relevant police forces."

The team at EMSOU has established Operation Torch to identify cyber criminality facilitated by the dark web across the region.

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