Dark Web vendor with totally amazing beard sentenced to 20 years in prison

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The bearded Frenchman who admitted in June 2018 to being underground drug trafficker "OxyMonster" has now been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Gal Vallerius is best known for selling on the underground online marketplace known as Dream Market. He was arrested in August 2017 after arriving in the United States to attend a beard competiton in Austin, Texas. Miami-based US District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. also ordered Vallerius on Tuesday to forfeit nearly 100 bitcoins and over 121 units of bitcoin cash. At current rates, that totals over $700,000.

As Ars previously reported, investigators began homing in on Vallerius when they analyzed the "tip jar" that OxyMonster advertised on Dream Market. According to the criminal complaint, "15 of 17 outgoing transactions from the 'OxyMonster' tip jar went to multiple wallets controlled by French national Gal VALLERIUS on Localbitcoins.com."

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