British authorities defeat Darkish Internet Ecstasy gang, seize $ 5.eight million value of medicine – Bitcoin Information
The string of dark web gangs put down by law enforcement agencies are still alive worldwide. Recently, the UK authorities dismantled an unnamed dark web band known for selling ecstasy and collecting millions of dollars’ worth of crypto.
Gang Sold Ecstasy, Amphetamines and Diazepam on several darknet forums
According to The Independent, the National Crime Agency (NCA) conducted an operation that targeted several homes in northeast England, particularly in the metropolitan area of South Tyneside.
Authorities were concerned and raised red flags last year after intercepting large ecstasy broadcasts. All of the packages had final destinations such as the US, Israel, Norway, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and even the UK, the NCA said.
In addition, law enforcement officers tracked encrypted messages exchanged between suspects who allegedly talked about illegal drug transactions and money laundering via cryptocurrency trading.
The NCA seized 90 kg of ecstasy, 134 kg of amphetamine and over 6,000 diazepam tablets. According to the authorities, all products in the dark market are valued at around £ 4.3 million ($ 5.9 million).
The results suggest that the gang did not have a website for selling the drugs. Instead, they relied on unfamiliar dark web forums and used usernames like HundredsUK, Hundredsandthousands, Sundaefundae, and 100and1000s.
US authorities assisted in the operation
In addition, the investigators found that pharmaceuticals were imported from the Netherlands. As a result of the operation, British police arrested two men, aged 24 and 31 in South Tyneside, who were allegedly involved in the criminal organization.
Martin Clarke, NCA operations manager, shared more details about the operation:
We have worked closely with partners in the United States to reach out to the individuals involved who ultimately chase after the vulnerable and destructive communities. This research shows that those who try to use the dark internet and encrypted communication devices to commit crimes anonymously can be identified. We’re still looking for two people from South Shields who we believe are overseas.
Despite recent efforts by officials to tear down key illegal marketplaces, darknet market revenues have continued to see an upward trend.
As Bitcoin.com News reported in February 2021, darknet markets brought in cryptocurrencies totaling $ 1.7 billion in 2020, setting an all-time high.
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