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Former Britain’s Got Talent Star Apprehended for Taking Part in Darknet Drug Racket

Olivia Archbold, a former singer and great star from Britain’s Got Talent, wept after her release following charges that she allegedly helped her boyfriend orchestrate a drug-dealing racket on the darknet. The 23-year-old woman comes from Cheshire in North West England where she lives with her boyfriend. Her great talent was so revered that it earned her the name the ... Read More »

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Online drug dealers dumping cryptomarkets for WhatsApp and Telegram

According to a recent report published by the Independent, online illicit drug dealers are shifting to encrypted messaging applications, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, as law enforcement agencies are increasingly cracking down on darknet marketplaces, or cryptomarkets. Citing the works of an anonymous darknet researcher, the Independent report stated that drug dealers are currently advertising their Telegram channels via graffiti ... Read More »

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Cherokee Drug Operation Expands into North Carolina, Gun Cache Seized

A Woodstock based couple accused of making and selling the highly potent drug fentanyl on the dark web has been arrested following intense investigations. As the investigators extended their search to North Carolina, the couple’s son and his wife were also apprehended. The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, on a Monday afternoon, released a statement saying, “On Thursday of last week, ... Read More »

Israel Police Arrest 42 People Accused of Being Part of a Telegram Drug Trafficking Platform

The Israel Police announced that a multi-agency joint operation resulted in the arrest of 42 people suspected of running a drug trafficking platform on Telegram. The arrested suspects are believed to be high ranking members of the cannabis distribution network, Telegrass, that operates on Telegram. The arrests allegedly took place in Israel, Germany, Ukraine and the United States. Telegrass was ... Read More »

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Darknet drug marketplaces – Challenges associated with punishment of criminal actors

The popularity of darknet drug marketplaces, or cryptomarkets, has been skyrocketing during the past few years. Being able to buy illegal drugs in an anonymous manner that can evade monitoring by law enforcement agencies is enticing to a large percentage of drug users worldwide. As such, it is extremely challenging for law enforcement agencies to convict and punish individuals engaging ... Read More »

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Two Australian Cryptocurrency Exchanges Tied to Dark Web Drug Trafficking Suspended

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) announced that it had suspended the licenses of two cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. The regulatory authority decided to suspend the exchanges after investigations by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) linked them to a dark web drug trafficking group. The AFP started the investigations against the organised crime group in February 2017 ... Read More »

Investigating discussion topics on drug related darknet forums

Online drug trafficking has been flourishing on darknet marketplaces during the past few years. The skyrocketing popularity of these cryptomarkets can be attributed to the evasion of law enforcement, mainly due to lack of physical interaction between sellers and buyers. Another reason is that these marketplaces rely on encrypted algorithms to promote the anonymity of transactions. Many forums were launched ... Read More »

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Dark Web Drug Ads Discovered in Online Classified Sections of B.C. News Sites Despite Illegal Drug Warnings

Despite the strict regulations against illegal online drug sales and the execution of many operations to crackdown dealers in these dangerous networks, two online newspapers were found to have displayed ads for illegal drugs sold on the dark web. The Kelowna Capital News and Similkameen Spotlight featured the ads in the classified section of their websites. In attempt to explain ... Read More »

Another Canadian dark web drug dealer pleads guilty to charges, awaits sentencing in the U.S.

Christopher Bantli, a Canadian who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import fentanyl and other controlled substances into the United States, now awaits a lengthy sentence of up to 10 years in prison after a court appearance in Washington, DC this month. The 39-year-old entered guilty pleas before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the District of Columbia after having ... Read More »

Shanese and Patricia Denied Bail over Alleged Dark Web Drug Crime

Magistrate Gabriel Fleming at the Nowra Local Court on 22 February 2019, denied bail requests from Patricia Koullias, 20, of Quaker Hill and Shanese Koullias, 24, of Callala Bay. The duo was charged by authorities for being involved in a prohibited drugs operation worth $17 million conducted through the dark web. According to a report, the detectives from the State ... Read More »

Assets of Two Members of a Dark Web Drug Trafficking Trio Frozen

Two members of an Australian dark web trafficking trio, made up of a 25-year-old man and two sisters, have had their assets frozen. The trio allegedly sold drugs worth over $17 million through the dark web for five years. They were arrested on the 14th of February following nine months of investigations against their operations by Strike Force Royden, a ... Read More »