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Biggest Dark Web Drug Investigation in Australian History


Biggest Dark Web Drug Investigation in Australian History
In the deep recesses of the Dark Web a person can find just about anything: illicit drugs, firearms, counterfeit cash, even pay-per-fraud services. Until recently, the complexity of encryption systems and layered networking put users beyond the reach of the long arm of the law, but as crime has become more sophisticated, so too have investigators.

Earlier last month, Detectives from Strike Force Royden arrested persons allegedly involved in a Dark Web drug syndicate that dealt approximately $17 million worth of illicit substances across Australia. The police operation, backed by months of cyber-surveillance, has been described as Australia’s largest-ever investigation into drug dealing through the Dark Web.

Back in July 2018, a similar Sydney-based group was dismantled by police following the interception of packages inbound from Europe. The group allegedly obtained and supplied kilos of cocaine, ketamine and amphetamines using the Dark Web. Police also seized Bitcoin worth $350,000 and close to $70,000 in cash.

These high-profile arrests show that, despite the level of sophistication involved, police are closing in on cyber-dealers. Sellers are being charged with importing border controlled drugs, supplying prohibited drugs, knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime, directing/participating in a criminal group and a raft of other offences. They are also having any “tainted” property or unexplained wealth stripped from them and forfeited to the government.

At this stage police are reeling in the “big fishes”, but with the wealth of information gained through this we’ll likely see the tracing and charging of users down the supply line, including customer. The State Crime Command’s Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith has warned: “The co-ordinated efforts by local and specialist investigators show that there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, even online.”

If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.

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Written by Aurhett Barrie on March 7, 2019

Aurhett is the first point of legal contact for clients of Armstrong Legal. He receives every new client with care, understanding and an open mind. He is dedicated to getting to the real issues involved in your matter before matching you with the best solicitor from our team of experienced lawyers. View Aurhett's profile


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