Gang who sold ecstasy on dark web sending packages from UK to Europe, Asia and US destroyed by National Crime Agency as £ 4.3 million drugs seized and two men arrested
- The National Crime Agency ‘dismantled’ the drug trafficking gang in a series of raids
- Agents seized 90 kg MDMA, 134 kg amphetamine and 6000 Diazepam tablets
- Dealers sold drugs on the dark web under headlines like ‘Sundaefundae’
- Two men aged 24 and 31 have been arrested in the North East of England
Police have cracked down on an international drug gang that sold ecstasy, amphetamines and pills on the dark web to customers around the world.
The dealers would sell the drugs under “handles” of innocent accounts, including “Sundaefundae” and “Hundredsandthousands.”
Their operation was undermined when packages destined for Europe, Asia and the US were seized by border guards last summer, prompting an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
During their investigation, agents seized 90 kilograms of MDMA, 134 kilograms of amphetamine and more than 6,000 diazepam tablets, also known as alprazolam.
Experts estimate that the drug catch would have been worth a combined value of £ 4.3 million had the criminals successfully sold it on the street.
Two men have been arrested after a series of dramatic raids and police are hunting two more stray criminals. Agents have urged the duo to surrender.
Police have ‘dismantled’ a drug trafficking gang that sells large amounts of ecstasy on the dark web in a series of raids (photo). Experts estimate that the amount of drugs taken from their study would have been worth a combined value of £ 4.3 million
In June and July last year, the NCA launched their investigation into the network of drug gangs after the interception of packages of MDMA.
Some of them targeted locations in the UK, USA, Israel, Norway, Thailand, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
Agents analyzed encrypted messages to identify the one behind the operation selling the drugs and money laundering using cryptocurrency.
Two men aged 24 and 31 were arrested Thursday in South Shields and Hebburn, South Tyneside, on suspicion of importing and supplying Class A, B and C drugs.
An address in Epsom, Surrey, was also searched, and other properties in South Shields were also raided.
Agents seized 90 pounds of MDMA, 134 pounds of amphetamine and more than 6,000 diazepam tablets, also known as alprazolam, after an investigation by the National Crime Agency. Picture: stock picture
Agents also seized cell phones, computers, and drug packaging supplies during the operation, which was supported by US law enforcement.
Agents discovered that the drugs were imported from the Netherlands and then sold under four handles on the dark web: HundredsUK, Hundredsanddousands, Sundaefundae and 100and1000s.
NCA operations manager Martin Clarke said, “This action against an organized crime group that supplies drugs via the dark web has dismantled an established operation.
“We have worked closely with partners in the US to target the individuals concerned, who ultimately fall prey to the fragile and destructive communities.
This research shows that those who try to use the dark web and encrypted communication devices to commit crimes anonymously can be identified.
“There are two people from South Shields who we are still looking for who we think are abroad.
“They know they are wanted and I would encourage them to turn themselves in.”