Dark web bitcoin transaction traced to US exchange leads to pre-trial detention

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  • Criminal investigation of dark web chid porn site leads to indictment. 
  • Defendant’s pre-trial detention initially denied.
  • Using transaction data, investigators trace dark-web transaction using bitcoin to defendant’s exchange address and district court orders detention.

US v. Galarza, № 18-mj-146(RMM) (D.D.C. decided May 8, 2019)[NMR]

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