A 31-year-old, South Australian man was arrested for importing drugs into his country by ordering them from a darknet market.
The resident from Port Neill was taken into custody after the ABF and South Australian law enforcement fulfilled several search warrants at locations in Adelaide, as well as the Eyre Peninsula.
The darknet has become well known as of late, being in the headlines more and more as users switch from the street to the internet to source their drugs of choice.
Officers found 910 doses of amphetamine-related substances, 280 hits of LSD, and 72 capsules and 15 grams of MDMA. Along with these, the ABF also seized a large quantity of powders and liquids which they say are used for the production of other drugs.
The man is being charged with a total of 14 counts of trafficking in controlled drugs.
Acting Commander of the ABF said the arrest illustrates how much the country’s law enforcement agencies are now working together to stop drugs coming into the country via darknet shoppers.
“We are well aware of these websites and take any attempts to import illegal border controlled drugs very seriously,” he said.
If convicted, the man will face up to 25-years in prison and a fine up to $900,000. As law enforcement hits these users harder on the street, more and more of the shoppers turn to darknet, which up until around 2015, wasn’t as popular as present with users spanning the globe and coming from what seems to be more than drug addiction and criminal activity.
Along with computer fraud and drug related items, users are also buying various prescription drugs such as antibiotics, erectile dysfunction medications, and other things that are too expensive for those without healthcare insurance.
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