Emil Babadjov – the AlphaBay vendor behind the usernames BTH-Overdose and c was arrested, and subjected to a court appearance in San Francisco on 14th December 2016.
According to indictment report, Babadjov sold illicit drugs which included heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl on the AlphaBay darknet market.
Further reports say that “Blime-Sub” and “BTH-Overdose” AlphaBay accounts were linked to over 2,000 dark web drug sales.
The lead DEA agent investigating the case is John Rabaut, who belongs to the Central California Darknet Strike Force, a body that is tasked with the roles of combating illicit activities on the dark web and the use of digital currency with the intentions of distributing narcotics and committing crimes on money laundering.
Reports have it that John Rabaut began his anti darknet narcotics investigation in January 2016, and AlphaBay vendor BTH-Overdose has been one on the watch list. In September 2016, a full-fledged investigation was launched to look into the activities of the AlphaBay vendor.
It was mentioned on darknet market forums that both Blime-Sub and BTH-Overdose clients received parcels from California, specifically pointing to West Coast.
The lead investigation agent, John Rabaut, linked the PGP key belonging to BTH-Overdose and tied it an email [email protected]
The subsequent online search gave a Facebook profile that had the AlphaBay vendor’s actual name, Babadjov Emil, except it was written backward.
On 14th November 2016, the agent sent an official request to Coinbase for the intentions of getting any information the platform may have had about the email address.
The platform, that is, Coinbase, gave prompt reply to the agent’s request. According to the information, the mentioned email was linked to an account belonging to an individual by the name Emil Babadjov.
Somewhere in March 2016, there was an attempt to coin another Coinbase account, again from Emil Babadjov; however, the email address was [email protected]
Through the similarities in the name for the two different accounts, the agent came to a conclusion that the AlphaBay vendors Blime-Sub and BTH-Overdose were likely to be operated by a single person.
Further investigations confirmed Babadjov’s address through his driving license. It was revealed that Babadjov was a subject in an arrest made in 2013 for being found in possession of prohibited substances, though this was later dismissed.
On 19th October 2016, agent John Rabaut used bitcoins worth $800 to purchase 3 grams of an illicit drug, heroin, from a vendor Blime-Sub through the AlphaBay darknet market.
After he had received the parcel, the content was taken to the DEA Western Regional Laboratory for drug and fingerprint analysis.
Two weeks after the analysis, it was stated that the parcel contained mixed fentanyl and heroin. Further analysis of the parcel’s PVI gave a confirmation the postage used to send the parcel was purchased on 18th September 2016 through a kiosk that was found not to be away from Emil Babadjov’s known address.
The turn of events gathered enough evidence to link Babadjov to the illicit drug trade. If convicted, he is likely to face 20 years of jail time and fines that can be as much as $1 million.