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August 19, 2021 at 9:15 am #36427avacolston260
Anti-Narcotics Body Busts International Drug Racket Operating On Darknet
Digital forensics reveal that the syndicate has shipped one or more lakh orders to the US, UK, Europe and some other countries under the label of herbal supplements, an official said. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today claimed to own busted an international drug trafficking syndicate with the arrest of eight people and seizure of 22 lakh psychotropic tablets and darkode market at the least 245 kgs of similar drugs that have been being allegedly peddled over the darknet.
The central anti-narcotics agency said the illegal trade was found after multiple raids were carried out by officials of the Delhi zonal unit in the National Capital Region, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh over a period of two month.
NCB deputy director (operations) KPS Malhotra said, “22 lakh pyschotropic drugs like Tramadol, 70,000 codeine-based cough syrups and 245 kgs of other group of drugs have already been seized till now. An overall total of eight people have already been arrested “.
The officer, who also heads the NCB’s Delhi unit as its zonal director, said the accused got the orders “through the darknet , created secret websites and delivered the narcotics items through dedicated shippers to create anonymity involving the receiver of the order and the logistics people “.
Darknet is an invisible network within the web that could only be accessed with specific software and tools, like the onion router.
Digital forensics show that the syndicate has shipped one or more lakh orders to the US, UK, Europe and some other countries beneath the label of herbal supplements, he said.
The agency questioned the arrested accused and found that the good chunk of the psychotropic drugs had been diverted from the Haridwar-based pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Mr Malhotra said.
The agency also issued a record to say that the syndicate was spread across Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and has links abroad like in the US, UK, Canada and the Philippines.
The NCB claimed that at least nine websites operating on the darknet , which were being utilized in by this syndicate, had their IP addresses located outside India.