Breaking Bad-inspired students made over £800k running dark web drugs ring

FourstudentsfromtheUniversityManchestermadeover£800,000whilstrunningtheirowninternationaldrugsdistributioncentrefromaflatinthecityacrossMay2011toOctober2013. TheywereinspiredbyTVseriesBreakingBadandusedthedarkwebsiteSilkRoadtooperatethebusiness,supplyingecstasy,ketamine,2CBandLSDtocustomersacrossEurope,USA,AustraliaandNewZealand. Whileoperating,thestudentsdidn’tskimponluxuryandtravelledtotheBahamas,AmsterdamandJamaicaforholidays.Onetheindividualsevenboughtaflatandpaidforhisuniversitytuition. ThegroupwerebustedbytheFBIaftertheUSintelligenceagencyshutdownSIlkRoadandseizeditsserversinIceland. PaymentforthedrugswastakeninBitcoin,thecryptocurrencywhichsoaredinvalueby1,000percentin2017,meaningthetotalpritwilllikelybemorevaluablethantheinitialestimation.Thedigitalfortunehasnotyetbeentracedbyprosecutors. ComputersciencestudentJamesRodenandpharmacologystudentJaikishenPatelwerealsoinvolvedinthedrugoperation.GeologystudentElliotHyams,afellowschoolmateAssaf’satDrChalloner’sGrammarinBuckinghamshire,wasinitiallyinvolved,untilAssaf”lostpatience”withhimandcuthimoutthegroup.MarketingstudentJoshuaMorganhadminorinvolvement,occasionallypackagingandsendingoutdrugparcels. Hyams’barristerJamesPickupQCaccusedAssafexploitinghisschoolfriend,whohesaidhadsufferedbullyingatschoolandwas”naive”and”weakwilled”.

Dekmantel reveals Modeselektor, Mariel Ito, Ricardo Villalobos for 2018

Amsterdam’s famed Dekmantel Festival has finally released its line-up today a cryptic, hypnotizing video. The piece floats through digital landscapes as a drawling voice recites names like Carl Craig, Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet, Helena Hauff, Jamie XX, Objekt, Modeselektor and more as an ficial line-up announcement. Standout, special performances will …

A new Netflix documentary explores the CIA’s LSD mind control experiments

Netflix will release a new documentary miniseries called Wormwood this month helmed by Errol Morris, director The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War, that looks into the shady dealings the CIA and its Project MKUltra human experiments. The operation which began in the early 1950s and was ficially …

Future Fathers – “False Information”

Future Fathers is the new project from widely accomplished producers/songwriters Trent Dabbs and Cason Cooley, and the pair has now delivered their explorative debut single, “False Information.” It’s an eerie, dreamy mix expressive vocals against electronic structures centered around R&B beats and the gentle chime tuned percussion all suffused with …

One of the World’s Most Famous Clubs Drops 60-Hour NYE Lineup

Music lovers everywhere are making plans for for New Year’s Eve, and while tons other clubs are booking popular artists, nothing beats Berlin’s techno cornerstone, Berghain. Berghain recently announced the lineup for its New Year’s party, featuring 40 massive artists, such as , Ben Klock, DVS1, Rodhad, Boris and more. …

Microdosing Reportedly Safer Than Antidepressants

In the weird ass news today, an illegal hallucinogen is reported to be more effective at treating depression than, well, antidepressants. , a book by Ayelet Waldman, discusses the positive effects  microdosing with LSD. According to a David Presti, a pressor neurobiology at the University California, consuming small doses LSD is “just as safe as taking antidepressants.” He …