The operator of Flugsvamp 2.0, a Swedish darkweb market, fled the country on the last day of his trial. Alexander Gustafsson is accused of running a shady market that operated from 2015 to 2018. Flugsvamp 2.0 targeted audiences from Sweden, used BTC as payment and sold exclusively narcotics.
He is currently one of the most wanted criminals in Europe. In June 2022, he was sentenced to 11 years in custody and fined 1,479 BTC.
During the investigation of Gustafsson’s activities, it was revealed that the criminal had a lavish lifestyle, travelled frequently and bought expensive items. Among his purchases was an expensive Lamborghini car. After the conviction, an appeal was filed and the time limit was used to flee the country.
Flugsvamp translates as flyswamp, which is a special type of psychoactive substance.
Flugsvamp was founded in February 2014 as a means for Swedish residents to safely buy and sell drugs. It was shut down in November 2014 during Operation Onymous, which also dismantled other markets across Europe. The latest iteration of the marketplace is Flugsvamp 4.0, which was established in the second half of 2021 and is currently still operating.