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Nine Dark Web Drug Dealers Arrested for Selling Narcotics with Cryptocurrencies

Nine dark web drug traffickers have been arrested for buying and selling narcotics on a Korean illegal dark web platform using virtual currencies. According to a report released on Sunday by the Seoul Central District Office of Public Prosecutions, the nine suspects are in custody for allegedly trading controlled substances on a hidden online trading platform on the dark web and using cryptocurrencies as the medium of exchange, both of which are known for anonymity.

A team of detectives, cyber specialists, and prosecutors apprehended the nine drug traffickers, in their 20s and 30s, including the founder and administrator of a dark web market site where trading was conducted. The owner of the online dark web marketplace, who has been operating with the username, ‘Shin,’ has been identified. The arrest has been deemed a success by prosecutors as it is the first investigation that has led to the shutdown of a Korean dark web market platform and the arrest of a Korean dark web market operator.

The prosecutors have reported that Shin allegedly operated the illegal Korean drug market on the dark web, a hidden and encrypted section of the internet only accessible through special browsing tools, such as the ‘Tor browser,’ which provides significant anonymity. The illegal online market had registered more than 635 active users between the months of March and November, and more than 50 successful wholesale drug trades were conducted. Apart from drugs, the dark web platform has also helped criminals conduct other illegal activities, including weapons trafficking and child pornography, in many countries around the world.

The nine suspects are also accused of growing cannabis to sell as well as trading psychoactive substances, MDMA, and LSD, which were procured online and shipped from different countries before being repackaged and resold. Shin, a computer scientist, has been identified as the owner, founder, and programmer of the online drug market. He is also a marijuana smoker.

The investigation leading to the arrest and the crackdown of the dark web marketplace by the prosecutors and investigating detectives was initiated after several mobile phones and computers were seized. The seizure enabled detectives to intercept the suspects’ communications and analyze information exchanged among them.

The nine suspects had been coordinating their illegal business operations with an encrypted and encoded messaging platform on the dark web to reduce chances of being tracked by law enforcement agencies. The investigating agents also found out that the dealers had been using a cryptocurrency whose transactions are significantly anonymous than those of bitcoin, to conduct their illicit business. The payment in digital coins enables users to obfuscate the transactions and hide the identity of those behind the payments.

In the investigation over 100 million won ($88,700) have been recovered, which the prosecutors have requested to preserve, insisting that the money was generated in the illegal dark web drug business and hence are proceeds of crime. According to the prosecutors, the illegal drug ring is believed to have traded and trafficked drugs and weapons worth between 8 million to 10 million won from March to November this year.

5 comments

  1. DEEPDOTWEB WRITERSUCKHORSECOCKANDMONKEYDICK

    God Damn it this is literally some the worst writing I have read on here to fucking date. This shit is getting pathetic. Just by reading this it is glaringly obvious that either a 4th grader wrote, or if it wasn’t a 4th grader then the writer didn’t graduate middle school,or even understand that basics of writing a cohesive story.

    For example:
    “The investigation leading to the arrest and the crackdown of the dark web marketplace by the prosecutors and investigating detectives was initiated after several mobile phones and computers were seized. The seizure enabled detectives to intercept the suspects’ communications and analyze information exchanged among them.”

    Now, this is a random fact that literally provides zero detail. What did the cellphones and computers just fall into their lap? What led to it aka why did it happen?

    Second huge hole, why in the ever living fuck did they keep communicating over the same method they were using if they knew the cops had equipment that they had previously used to communicate with each other via the same methods and they all happened to save their passwords and usernames.

    Third huge hole, why did they continue to run the god damn business as usual if they fucking cops just seized a large cache of equipment.

    Fourth, why I don’t understand why the messaging platform name and crypto used is some huge fucking secret? Does it matter after you give verbose description. I fail to understand the overall lack of basic details that are super pertinent to this story.

    I mean why even fucking write the story if you seriously cannot say anything about any detail other than the guys user name, and they say he was identified yet fail to provide is real name. What in the fuck this is pathetic DD, at least get grammarly for your writers and tell them to include some fucking detail or don’t post this pathetic drivel

    • “He is also a marijuana smoker.”

    • UUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggghhhhh

      “…Shin allegedly operated the illegal Korean drug market on the dark web, a hidden and encrypted section of the internet only accessible through special browsing tools, such as the ‘Tor browser,’”

      Also notice how this site continuously keeps promoting the bullshit “tool” known as Tor Browser, developed by one of the Navy’s own and sequentially promoted by connected outsiders (further details exposed by Surveillance Valley – the book authored by Yasha Levine). It’s as if it’s somehow special to him, while all the rest of unmentioned “tools” are (intentionally) left in the dark.

      Ya, somebody please create a new replacement website for this garbage.

  2. I’m so glad you expressed your frustration at this space-filling drivel. It’s very obvious that the author is just another indian imitator, trying to make two cents per day from his rat-poor hovel with stolen wifi. More americans, australians, and brits (people who know how to speak Engrish [typo intentional]) should rebel against this scurge and eliminate this drivel from the internet. Illiterate idiots are destroying the web. Back in 1998, it was all middle class folks with computers in the home, not homeless indians typing on a cellphone. Get those idiots off the internet…. or create a new internet for people who are not retarded, third-world, illiterate peasants. Maybe WW3 will cleanse the earth of these retards.

  3. Using as reference Yasha Levine to discredit Tor Browser is the bullshit.

    Reading just a little of him surveillancevalley[dot]com has confirmed my opinion, a conspiracist backed by nobody but himself and a bunch of idiots over the net enough stupid to give him credit.

    Now you can too check the sources of Tor Browser at anytime, even compare the diff between Firefox, the toolchains used or even build it from sources if you do not trust the binary.

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