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DOJ Introduces Dark Web Team to Fight Illegal Drug Trade

With the rate of dark web usage increasing every now and then, there is serious concern about a strong and concrete plan or solution to put a stop to it. Well, many have tried to do that over the years, with various firms teaming up to fight this dark web battle but to no avail. The numbers still keep racking ... Read More »

New Zealand Customs Catch Polynesian Drug Dealers

Three men stood in courtroom in Polynesia for trafficking methamphetamine. Although Polynesian authorities had only caught the defendants the week before the court appearance, the court had already prepared to sentence all three of them. The court sentenced the trio to sentences that fit their roles in the short-lived drug trafficking operation. One received a four year sentence. One received ... Read More »

The Cryptomarket Illicit Drug Supply Chain and the “Last Mile” Distribution Concept

The global drug market is estimated to account for approximately $321 billion per year. Conventionally, illicit drugs used to travel along complex and long supply chains. Nevertheless, the advent of novel darknet marketplaces has started to alter this landscape. Cryptomarkets, or darknet marketplaces, are pillared on anonymizing cryptography and virtual currencies, such as bitcoin, to facilitate illicit transactions between vendors ... Read More »

An Overview of Darknet Drug Purchasing Activity Among Australian Drug Users

The Silk Road was by far the first cryptomarket, or darknet marketplace, to gain international recognition in 2011 as an online trading platform facilitating illicit drug trafficking. Since then, the number of darknet marketplaces have greatly increased, and even though a wide range of illegal products are offered on these online marketplaces (stolen credit/debit cards, weapons and counterfeited legal documents ... Read More »

Cryptomarkets – Mitigating the Problems of Conventional Offline Drug Markets

The deep web has opened the door to a novel way of illicit drug trading, via what is referred to as darknet marketplaces or cryptomarkets. Users can now safely purchase illicit drugs from the comfort of their homes, compare products and their prices offered by various vendors, while avoiding being busted by law enforcement agencies (LEAs). Cryptomarkets also greatly reduce ... Read More »

Malaysian Pilot Tests Positive for Darknet Related Drug in Indonesia

The random drug test conducted at the Indonesian airports by the ministry and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has begun to show positive signs fishing out the drug offenders. The Indonesian authorities on December 30, 2017 arrested a Malaysian pilot for testing positive for Darknet related drug called methamphetamine. During one of their routine checks aimed to prevent dangers through ... Read More »

Australian Drug Trafficker Caught Using His Own PO Box

Joel Paul Prime, a 32-year-old Eyre Peninsula man, admitted “masterminding” a darknet drug trafficking operation from his family’s rural home. He pleaded guilty in early 2017 to the import and export of a border controlled drug. He later pleaded guilty to almost a dozen other state drug trafficking charges. Recent court documents revealed that the Australian Border Force caught Prime ... Read More »

Portsmouth Dark Web Drug Dealer Jailed For 16 Years

A 26-year-old dark web drug dealer has been handed a 16-year prison sentence for selling drugs he imported from the dark web. Kurt Lai Lan, the culprit, imported over thousands of MDMA tablets from the dark web which unfortunately for him was intercepted by officers. According to the officers, the package had more than 11,000 MDMA tablets which were worth ... Read More »

Queensland Man Sentenced to Four Years for Drug Importation

In September 2016, Australia’s Townsville Drug Squad arrested a 17-year-old Lachlan Thomas Weirick for the suspected importation of large quantities of drugs from darknet market vendors. During execution of the search warrant at the man’s house, Townsville police reportedly found more than $60,000 worth of various illegal substances. Roughly 15 months later, at the Supreme Court hearing in Townsville, Justice ... Read More »

German Police Takedown 13 Online Drug Shops

In conjunction with the State Central Office for Cybercrime and Koblenz Attorney General, 139 police officers raided properties in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia on December 7. The operation resulted in the removal of 13 online drug shops and the arrest of site owners and conspirators. The network—or ‘gang’ as described by NRW police—sold drugs through the clearnet and darknet ... Read More »

Darknet Drug and Fraud Vendor Gets a 12 Year Prison Sentence

The Thuringian State Criminal Police Office arrested a pair of darknet dealers in late 2016 for narcotic trafficking in as many as 4,000 separate cases. Like many modern vendors, they attracted police attention after the post office returned one of their packages to a random recipient who, in turn, gave the package to the police. The package lacked the proper ... Read More »

Europol Fights Darknet Drug Trafficking in Operation Dragon

Following the success of the joint action operations known as Ciconia Alba, Blue Amber, and Archimedes, Europol joined forces with law enforcement entities from more than 60 countries for the fourth operation of this scale: Operation Dragon. Operation Dragon focused on human trafficking, illegal immigration, cocaine trafficking, heroin trafficking, “synthetic drug trafficking,” cybercrime, weapon trafficking, counterfeit trafficking, MITC fraud, and ... Read More »

Ex-German Footballer Arrested For Dark Web Drug Trafficking

A former German international has been handed a 3-year jail sentence for drug trafficking via the dark web. 62-year-old Walter Kelsch was convicted of helping his son, Nicholas, in and participating in drug trafficking, which took place in an online dark web marketplace. He and his son were sentenced at the Landau court for their role in helping one of ... Read More »

”Buying of Bitcoins will to Lead Children in Drug Dealings.” Says South Korean’s PM.

In recent years Darknet markets provided expedient sales channels to technologically knowledgeable customers. This approach appears to have considerable potential for growth in drugs sale,” a report claims. The role of fintech, information technology, and social media have been identified as threats to law enforcement agencies’ ability to combat the trade of illegal drugs on the darknet. This has been ... Read More »