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A man who made hundreds of thousands of virtual pounds producing and selling illegal drugs on the dark web has been jailed for more than 13 years.
Ross Brennan, 28, conspired with his university friend Aarron Gledhill, 30, to import and sell powerful class A drugs to thousands of customers and spent the proceeds on watches, gold, drugs and prostitutes.
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The 'sophisticated and arrogant' drug dealer continued selling drugs despite being aware that some of his customers had died.
Brennan and Gledhill, who was 'exploited' by his friend into receiving packages of drugs from around the world, were sentenced via video link at York Crown Court.
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Brennan, from York, was also sentenced for possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said: 'You, Ross Brennan, are a 21st century criminal, sophisticated, arrogant and sure in the belief that you were untouchable.
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'The law enforcement authorities you believed were ill-equipped to deal with you, you believed you were always in a position to better them.'
The judge continued: 'It's a sad situation that the invention with the power to do such good is exploited by those with criminal intent to do such harm.
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'The world wide web offers opportunities for learning and knowledge but is too often hijacked by criminals to satisfy their own greed regardless of the consequences to others.
'Ross Brennan is an intelligent, resourceful man who, instead of using the internet to create, he plumbed its darkest depths to set up a highly successful importation and supply of drugs, hide the proceeds of that crime and use it to satisfy his own deviant sexual desires.
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'You Ross Brennan, you shielded yourself with your computer and keyboard and isolated yourself from the terrible damage your crimes were causing in the real world.
'The bitter truth is your computer-based activities have caused real and lasting harm in the...
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