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In the framework of the Onion operation that investigates drug traffickers specialized in the sale of drugs through the darkweb

The National Police detains in Mijas one of the main distributors of hashish in crypto markets

The arrested used the darkweb because it facilitates maintaining the secrecy of communications and location by combining three technologies – the anonymous navigation system (TOR), communications encryption (PGP) and payment system with bitcoin-

Arrested when he was connected to his own home, where in addition samples of hashish prepared for shipment weighing two kilos were intervened

06-September-2019.- National Police agents, in the framework of the Onion operation, have arrested one of the main distributors of hashish in crypto markets in Mijas (Málaga). He used the darkweb that facilitates maintaining the secrecy of communications and their location by combining three technologies – the anonymous navigation system (TOR), communications encryption (PGP) and bitcoin payment system. The arrest was made when he was connected to his own home where samples of hashish were prepared for shipment with a total weight of two kilograms.

The operation has been carried out since the beginning of 2018 in order to investigate online sellers who use different crypto markets to distribute different types of drugs. These drug traffickers have specialized in the online sale of narcotics through the darkweb, which makes it difficult to investigate and locate. In this way they keep the secret of their operations and location through the combination of three technologies, the anonymous navigation system (TOR), the encryption of communications (PGP) and the virtual currency payment system (bitcoin).

Ranking of the best sellers

In the crypto market, these drug traffickers have a rating system through which they create reputations, both from buyers and sellers, and a chat (IRC) with rooms and discussion forums for information exchange. When viewing the market you have access to a list with the categorization of the products, the sales ranking, the reputation or the novelty of the product, it also reflects the country of the seller and the purchase is allowed only to local suppliers. Users also require certain technological knowledge and advance planning of purchases.

Thanks to the investigation, one of the most active hashish online sellers has been arrested. The arrest was made at his home, located in the Malaga town of Mijas, when he was connected to the darkweb. 2,000 grams of hashish prepared for distribution in small packages, two computers, a telephone, envelopes and packaging material, a vacuum packing machine and cutting and weighing tools have been located in the registry.

The operation remains open for the identification and location of more than 60 online sellers that are being investigated since the beginning of last year.



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