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2018-10-10 03:32:19 PM  
Length isn't all that matters, pal.
 
2018-10-10 03:51:40 PM  
15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com.

If you want to be anonymous you probably shouldn't use your name, moran.
 
2018-10-10 04:16:32 PM  
"15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com."

should've been behind more boxxies than that
 
2018-10-10 04:36:41 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Length isn't all that matters, pal.


Smooth-talking in French helps too...

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2018-10-10 04:38:40 PM  
What inconspicuous, plausibly deniable handle should I choose for my online drug trafficking persona? OXYMonster? OxyMonster.
 
2018-10-10 04:41:13 PM  
This is a classic example of someone who would have gotten away with it if they weren't so careless and brazen with their activity.

They were able to trace everything to him because of social media posts?  They traced his bitcoin wallets?
Here I thought that was supposed to be anonymous.
 
2018-10-10 04:46:38 PM  

SkylineRecords: He was arrested in August 2017 after arriving in the United States to attend a beard competition in Austin, Texas.

That is probably the dumbest "how I got caught" story in history. Challengers accepted.


Man calls 911 for stolen cocaine
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2018-10-10 04:50:01 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: "15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com."

should've been behind more boxxies than that


BoxxieMonster, amirite?
 
2018-10-10 04:50:03 PM  

Barfmaker: 15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com.

If you want to be anonymous you probably shouldn't use your name, moran.


He traveled from France to the US for a farking beard contest. Does that sound like a smart person?
 
2018-10-10 04:59:32 PM  

durbnpoisn: This is a classic example of someone who would have gotten away with it if they weren't so careless and brazen with their activity.

They were able to trace everything to him because of social media posts?  They traced his bitcoin wallets?
Here I thought that was supposed to be anonymous.


Block chain can most accurately be described as "an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way."

That doesn't sound very anonymous to me.
 
2018-10-10 05:02:15 PM  

baorao: What inconspicuous, plausibly deniable handle should I choose for my online drug trafficking persona? OXYMonster? OxyMonster.


HeroinBeast?
CokeCreature?
The Methadook?
Fentacabra?
 
2018-10-10 05:03:48 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: "15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com."

should've been behind more boxxies than that


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2018-10-10 05:05:07 PM  

patrick767: baorao: What inconspicuous, plausibly deniable handle should I choose for my online drug trafficking persona? OXYMonster? OxyMonster.

HeroinBeast?
CokeCreature?
The Methadook?
Fentacabra?


NOSferateu
Creature from the Black Tar Lagoon
 
2018-10-10 05:06:50 PM  
Red beard and pink sunglasses, He's styling and profiling.
 
2018-10-10 05:09:32 PM  
"Dark Web" ooooooh scaaaaary. I always read those words in Boris Karloff's voice.
 
2018-10-10 05:11:20 PM  

meanmutton: durbnpoisn: This is a classic example of someone who would have gotten away with it if they weren't so careless and brazen with their activity.

They were able to trace everything to him because of social media posts?  They traced his bitcoin wallets?
Here I thought that was supposed to be anonymous.

Block chain can most accurately be described as "an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way."

That doesn't sound very anonymous to me.


This is my favorite explanation of bitcoin:

imagine if keeping your car idling 24/7 produced solved Sudokus you could trade for heroin
 
2018-10-10 05:16:24 PM  
Is he obsessed with the underwear in the ad below?
 
2018-10-10 05:16:50 PM  

Barfmaker: 15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com.

If you want to be anonymous you probably shouldn't use your name, moran.


There is no name associated with a Bitcoin wallet address if you're doing it right.
 
2018-10-10 05:19:56 PM  
That's not an amazing beard. Tom Cruise had an amazing beard, look.

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2018-10-10 05:24:17 PM  
Selling Oxy?  Hope he dies in prison.  And painfully.
 
2018-10-10 05:28:35 PM  
That beard will make a nice handle in prison.
 
2018-10-10 05:30:43 PM  
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I think some sort of disguise may have helped in this case.
 
2018-10-10 05:49:12 PM  

Sharksfan: Barfmaker: 15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com.

If you want to be anonymous you probably shouldn't use your name, moran.

There is no name associated with a Bitcoin wallet address if you're doing it right.


Correct. The trick is in converting BitCoins to RL Money anonymously.

Converting $20 or $100 worth of BitCoin anonymously? Fairly easy.

Converting $700,000 worth of BitCoin anonymously?  Much, much more difficult.
 
2018-10-10 05:58:21 PM  

abhorrent1: Barfmaker: 15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com.

If you want to be anonymous you probably shouldn't use your name, moran.

He traveled from France to the US for a farking beard contest. Does that sound like a smart person?


I'd totally expect the top beard contests to be in the Middle East
 
2018-10-10 06:03:41 PM  
Yay my first green light!
And just to drive the point home:
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He thought that was good enough to travel internationally for.
 
2018-10-10 06:21:36 PM  
That beard will make for a nice beard.
 
2018-10-10 06:25:34 PM  
Leave it to Frenchmen to make a beard look feminine.
 
2018-10-10 06:39:22 PM  
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2018-10-10 06:44:11 PM  
Any links to the stories about the arrests of everyone else who wanted to enter a beard contest in Austin, TX?
 
2018-10-10 07:28:24 PM  
Was the beard contest legitimate or FBI created bait?
 
2018-10-10 07:33:46 PM  

margarito bandito: Was the beard contest legitimate or FBI created bait?


It is an actual thing
 
2018-10-10 07:39:06 PM  

proteus_b: abhorrent1: Barfmaker: 15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com.

If you want to be anonymous you probably shouldn't use your name, moran.

He traveled from France to the US for a farking beard contest. Does that sound like a smart person?

I'd totally expect the top beard contests to be in the Middle East


They're more into "Highest # of Infidels slain" contests in that part of the world.
 
2018-10-10 07:48:24 PM  

abhorrent1: Barfmaker: 15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com.

If you want to be anonymous you probably shouldn't use your name, moran.

He traveled from France to the US for a farking beard contest. Does that sound like a smart person?


Sounds like someone who thought they weren't looking for him yet.
 
2018-10-10 08:11:46 PM  

baorao: What inconspicuous, plausibly deniable handle should I choose for my online drug trafficking persona? OXYMonster? OxyMonster.


oXYmonster

Just looks like you're implying maleness.
 
2018-10-10 08:31:42 PM  
So, what specific U.S. laws did he break while in the U.S.?
 
2018-10-10 08:33:04 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: margarito bandito: Was the beard contest legitimate or FBI created bait?

It is an actual thing


I just did a beard-related GIS. Did you know the record for beard length is about 8 feet for men...and roughly 8 inches for women?
 
2018-10-10 08:35:11 PM  

Mock26: So, what specific U.S. laws did he break while in the U.S.?


I don't know, but asking the question implies you think that's the only possible way authorities are justified in arresting him. I wonder if the Russian agents indicted by Mueller were ever in the US and whether you support their arrest should they be dumb enough to enter.
 
2018-10-10 08:46:01 PM  

Mock26: So, what specific U.S. laws did he break while in the U.S.?


If you commit a crime against a U.S. citizen while outside the country, the U.S. will still prosecute you if you ever enter the country, possibly even pushing to extradite you.
 
2018-10-10 09:02:44 PM  

Mock26: So, what specific U.S. laws did he break while in the U.S.?


From another article...

Gal Vallerius pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money.
 
2018-10-10 09:04:11 PM  

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2018-10-10 09:07:21 PM  

itcamefromschenectady: Mock26: So, what specific U.S. laws did he break while in the U.S.?

I don't know, but asking the question implies you think that's the only possible way authorities are justified in arresting him. I wonder if the Russian agents indicted by Mueller were ever in the US and whether you support their arrest should they be dumb enough to enter.


Narp. I know damn well that my corrupt government can arrest me for breaking U.S. laws while I am in foreign countries, even if what I do in that country is perfectly legal there. I accept that fact. I just think that it is schitty beyond belief.  Just look at what is happening with Canadians who work in the marijuana industry in Canada. They broke no laws selling marijuana to their fellow Canadians yet they are being barred access to the United States. And in case you missed it, THEY DID NOT BREAK ANY AMERICAN LAWS IN THE U.S.. 

Now, how do you think our government would react if an American, in America, burned a copy of the Quran and was later arrested in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to death for that crime? Would you fully support the carrying out of that sentence even though this American broke no laws in Saudi Arabia?  Or would you be outraged by it?

As for those Russian agents, if their actions had direct consequences on U.S. soil (such as sending bribe money to someone in America), then that qualifies as breaking U.S. law. So if this Frenchman was sending drugs to the U.S., then I am okay with his being arrested. But I did not know if he had. That is why I asked.
 
2018-10-10 09:17:23 PM  
What an OxyMoron.
 
2018-10-10 09:20:11 PM  

Remnants of Santa: What an OxyMoron.


OxyMaroon.
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2018-10-10 09:33:07 PM  
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2018-10-10 10:20:03 PM  
Don't they have beard contests in Europe somewhere? The only reason to come to one in the USA might be lower standards, what with all the lumberjack hipsters here.
 
2018-10-10 10:28:20 PM  

limboslam: [img.fark.net image 425x425]


The difference is that cats do actually have souls.  They have all the souls they've stolen from children.
 
2018-10-10 10:35:35 PM  

Mock26: itcamefromschenectady: Mock26: So, what specific U.S. laws did he break while in the U.S.?

I don't know, but asking the question implies you think that's the only possible way authorities are justified in arresting him. I wonder if the Russian agents indicted by Mueller were ever in the US and whether you support their arrest should they be dumb enough to enter.

Narp. I know damn well that my corrupt government can arrest me for breaking U.S. laws while I am in foreign countries, even if what I do in that country is perfectly legal there. I accept that fact. I just think that it is schitty beyond belief.  Just look at what is happening with Canadians who work in the marijuana industry in Canada. They broke no laws selling marijuana to their fellow Canadians yet they are being barred access to the United States. And in case you missed it, THEY DID NOT BREAK ANY AMERICAN LAWS IN THE U.S.. 

Now, how do you think our government would react if an American, in America, burned a copy of the Quran and was later arrested in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to death for that crime? Would you fully support the carrying out of that sentence even though this American broke no laws in Saudi Arabia?  Or would you be outraged by it?

As for those Russian agents, if their actions had direct consequences on U.S. soil (such as sending bribe money to someone in America), then that qualifies as breaking U.S. law. So if this Frenchman was sending drugs to the U.S., then I am okay with his being arrested. But I did not know if he had. That is why I asked.


According to the document in TFA, he advertised shipping to the US. In addition, he acted as an admin on a site with other vendors, some of which, I'm guessing, dealt in the US. That should cover your "dealing in America" complaint.

As for your Saudi Arabia complaint. I would argue that someone who had publicly burned a Koran would be very, very ill-advised to visit Saudi Arabia. That wouldn't make the consequences just, but it would make them expected.

In the case of either drug laws in the US or religious laws in Saudi Arabia, one is free to disagree that the laws serve justice. However, I can see nothing but dishonesty in arguing that there is not probable cause to believe that this man broke US law.
 
2018-10-10 10:42:19 PM  

Mock26: itcamefromschenectady: Mock26: So, what specific U.S. laws did he break while in the U.S.?

I don't know, but asking the question implies you think that's the only possible way authorities are justified in arresting him. I wonder if the Russian agents indicted by Mueller were ever in the US and whether you support their arrest should they be dumb enough to enter.

Narp. I know damn well that my corrupt government can arrest me for breaking U.S. laws while I am in foreign countries, even if what I do in that country is perfectly legal there. I accept that fact. I just think that it is schitty beyond belief.  Just look at what is happening with Canadians who work in the marijuana industry in Canada. They broke no laws selling marijuana to their fellow Canadians yet they are being barred access to the United States. And in case you missed it, THEY DID NOT BREAK ANY AMERICAN LAWS IN THE U.S.. 

Now, how do you think our government would react if an American, in America, burned a copy of the Quran and was later arrested in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to death for that crime? Would you fully support the carrying out of that sentence even though this American broke no laws in Saudi Arabia?  Or would you be outraged by it?

As for those Russian agents, if their actions had direct consequences on U.S. soil (such as sending bribe money to someone in America), then that qualifies as breaking U.S. law. So if this Frenchman was sending drugs to the U.S., then I am okay with his being arrested. But I did not know if he had. That is why I asked.


This is not a particularly novel concept under international law.

If you and I were to set up a number of shell corporations headquartered in the USA and then use those to ship California marijuana to Singapore, where it is very very illegal, the government of Singapore would, if they found our names, probably issue arrest warrants and seek our extradition.

To my knowledge, a conspiracy in country A to violate the laws of country B while not entering country B has never been much of an impediment to indictment by the government of country B, but IANAL.
 
2018-10-10 11:16:22 PM  
This thread needs more puns about oxymorons. And something about a guy named Gal, with as beard and all that.

But srsly ... 20 years for that? What do the people get who got those customers addicted in the first place?
 
2018-10-10 11:21:11 PM  
GIS for beard contest
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