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August 26, 2021 at 3:21 am #37009avacolston260
Anti-Narcotics Body Busts International Drug Racket Operating On Darknet
Digital forensics show that the syndicate has shipped at least one lakh orders to the US, UK, Europe and some other countries underneath the label of herbal supplements, the state said. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today claimed to possess busted an international drug trafficking syndicate with the arrest of eight people and seizure of 22 lakh psychotropic tablets and at the very 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 sounding drugs have now been seized till now. A total of eight people have 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 generate anonymity between the receiver of the order and the logistics people “.
Darknet is a hidden network within the web that will only be accessed with specific software and tools, just like the onion router.
Digital forensics reveal that the syndicate has shipped a minumum of one lakh orders to the US, UK, Europe and some other countries underneath the label of herbal supplements, he said.
The agency questioned the arrested accused and found a good chunk of the psychotropic drugs was being diverted from a Haridwar-based pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Mr Malhotra said.
The agency also issued a record to express that the syndicate was spread across Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and has links abroad like in the US, UK, darkode market Canada and the Philippines.
The NCB claimed that at the very least nine websites operating on the darknet , which were being used in by this syndicate, had their IP addresses located outside India.