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Sweden’s Largest Darknet Vendor Busted by Authorities

When it comes to drugs on the deepweb, both buyers and sellers share a similar concern: shipping. It’s the part of the exchange that likely takes place in the hands of government postal agencies and, if you’re shipping across borders, your country’s ever intrusive customs agency. Packages in the mail are what ultimately lead to the demise of Erkran, Sweden’s largest drug dealer.

According to Sydsvenskan, a Swedish news outlet, Swedish Customs discovered packages heading into the country that contained significant quantities of drugs. The initial package was seized and they proceeded to notify the police, who then started to discover that many packages were going to multiple addresses throughout Gothenburg. Each package was addressed to a non-existent company in industrial areas where ErKran was able to easily pick them up.

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After police discovered which address was used most frequently, a sting operation was set in motion. It wasn’t long before a 42-year-old man showed up to empty the mailbox where he was met with officers and an arrest. Police claim he was carrying 160,000 Sek ($18,652 USD), a handgun of undisclosed caliper, and a small quantity of drugs.

A 25-year-old male was then picked up and taken in to questioning where it was discovered an operation had been running from a warehouse outside Gothenburg. Inside the warehouse the police found and seized computers, drugs, packaging materials, and an automatic weapon. With the seized computers as evidence, investigators learned the two men were selling drugs on the deepweb (mostly benzodiazepines and weed, according to Reddit), and had conducted over 6,200 transactions totaling over 7 million Sek ($816,000  USD).

The chief prosecutor involved in the case, Jonas Almström, says the customers – both domestic and overseas – are unaffected by the case and would have to be investigated at a later time. They do believe that many customers were located nearby, likely in Sweden. The 42-year-old is now implicated in another crime in Sweden where school-kids on a forest excursion stumbled upon a cache of drugs. The teacher notified the police who, at the time, were apparently unable to link anyone to the crime. Apparently the 42-year-old is a suspect.

When the news broke, a Reddit post surfaced where users speculated that one of the un-named men was a vendor on the deepweb named Erkran. Later, the same user claims to have verified, through a reliable source, that the information was correct. ErKran was a vender on Flugsvamp, Evolution, Agora and Nucleus and seemed to be universally praised for being a stand-up guy and straightforward vender. Since it’s no longer common to find a source with those traits, I’m sure he will be missed by many in the community.

If you were a customer of his, ceasing all contact would be wise. Some would recommend cleaning house and disappearing. You can decide for yourself. If you want to see ErKran’s Grams profile, check here (grams7enufi7jmdl.onion/infodesk/vendor/0xA3D7E1CA76FD4745). This is a good reminder to anyone who’s either buying or selling; don’t be predictable.

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