India has captured its first darknet crypto drug dealer in an investigation by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The defendant allegedly sent thousands of tablets of psychotropic drugs all over the world and received payments in digital assets to confound authorities.
NCB Captures Darkweb Drug Peddler
According to the report, NCB on Sunday arrest the country’s first darknet narcotics operative for this involvement in drug trafficking. As a result, the arrest leads Indian authorities to seize 55,000 tablets. Besides, NCB participated in “Operation Trance” a multinational crackdown on illicit dark web drug sales. Moreover, they use couriers, international postal services, and private parcel deliveries.
Global post offices and international courier services were used as logistics for illicit trade. The payments gateways of cryptocurrency were used by the operators to conceal the transactions from law enforcement agencies.
The suspect, Dipu Sing, is a 21-year-old, whose father was a retired army officer. He is accused of selling many different psychotropic and prescription pills on the dark web. He ships them to the USA, Romania, Spain, and other nations around the world.
Singh first starts selling health supplements and erectile dysfunction medication on several major Darkweb markets. Later, he decided to shift his focus and began selling tramadol, zolpidem, alprazolam and other psychotropic prescription medications.
Sing was captured by the Central Anti-Narcotics Agency under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. He used a variety of apps to facilitate sales such as Darknet, wickerlds, WhatsApp, and B2B platforms.
Deep Web Drug Markets and Crypto Are Here to Stay
One of the most notorious early use cases for cryptocurrency was deep web markets like the infamous Silk Road by the creator Ulbricht. Although authorities tried to make an example of Ulbricht to deter others from using cryptocurrency and encryption to sell illicit substances online, it seems that darknet markets are here to stay. There are now hundreds of darknet markets, some of the biggest which have been thwarted by investigators. It was rumored the illicit online market Dream was turned into an FBI sting operation.
Darkweb markets sell illegal drugs, counterfeit documents, stolen identity information, and credit card info. In addition, people also find malware for ransomware attacks, weapons and other illegal goods and services there. Law Enforcement has made headway in the fight against darknet markets, although when one market is stopped several more pop up in its place.
Darknet markets are rife with scams, and dangerous substances like illegal synthetic cannabinoids and the fentanyl fueling the opioid crisis. Although Bitcoin use on darknet markets has declined due to its privacy flaws, many dark web markets employ mixers and conjoin to thwart investigators from tracing funds.
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