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A virtual drug dealer who conducted illegal transactions on the internet’s “dark web” was arrested while travelling from his base in France to Austin, Texas, to compete in a worldwide beard-growing competition.

Gal Vallerius, 38, was arrested in Atlanta on Aug. 31 on a distribution complaint filed in Miami federal court, the Miami Herald first reported.

Authorities confirmed the brown-bearded contestant’s identity by searching his laptop when he arrived at Atlanta International Airport.

Vallerius used the moniker “OxyMonster” to sell drugs on Dream Market, a marketplace similar to eBay, but where illegal narcotics transactions take place, a Drug Enforcement Administration affidavit shows.
Illegal drugs, including methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine, are openly advertised and sold on the platform.

Vallerius’ laptop also contained the Tor browser which conceals users’ internet protocol addresses, allowing them to operate anonymously on the network.

Vallerius’ laptop also contained the Tor browser which conceals users’ internet protocol addresses, allowing them to operate anonymously on the network.

Authorities allege that Gal Vallerius is a modern cartel kingpin operating under the name “OxyMonster” on the dark web.
Authorities allege that Gal Vallerius is a modern cartel kingpin operating under the name “OxyMonster” on the dark web. (INSTAGRAM)
Officials confirmed his log-in credential for Dream Market, and uncovered $500,000 worth of bitcoin — the currency used to complete the transactions.

Vallerius did not contest his identity at a court hearing in Atlanta.

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He is expected to be transferred to Miami where he’ll face a new conspiracy indictment that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Vallerius held the role of an administrator on Dream Market, the affidavit shows. He was labelled a senior moderator under his OxyMonster username, which was registered on May 10, 2015.

Agents also identified “OxyMonster” as a Dream Market vendor, whose listings were for Schedule II controlled substances OxyContin and Ritalin.

His profile listed 70 verified sales and positive buyer reviews.

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