According to a report by Cointelegraph of Brazil on April 24, the Brazilian police arrested a man who runs a secret drug laboratory and uses the leading cryptocurrency bitcoin (BTC) to launder money.
According to reports, on April 23, the drug smuggling agency (Denarc) in Porto Alegre (Brazil City) found a suspect in a small house while pursuing a drug smuggler suspect. Secret Bitcoin Mining Lab. The report said the findings were considered unusual in the region.
Law enforcement officers spotted 25 digital currency miners operating 24 hours a day, as well as “complex” software and hardware, estimated to be worth more than R$ 250,000 (approximately $63,000).
According to the police, those who claimed responsibility for the equipment argued that “he rented the space and will exploit bitcoin as an investment – this is not illegal.” According to reports, the suspect was fined for illegally using electricity at home.
Earlier in April of this year, the Manhattan District Prosecutor sued a group of individuals suspected of selling drugs and laundering millions of dollars in bitcoin. The defendant allegedly operated a store on the dark, selling and transporting “hundreds of thousands” of fake drugs.
Recently, the US federal jury found two cybercriminals guilty of allegedly spreading malware, stealing credit card vouchers, and illegally mining cryptocurrencies. According to reports, the attacked computers also registered more than 100,000 AOL email accounts, which were used to further spread malware and sent millions of emails to stolen addresses.