Drugs by speed post, payment by cryptocurrency
The police also identified 30 drug users who were buying drugs from the accused
HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Narcotic Enforcement Wing (H-NEW) busted the dark web sensational drug trafficking networks, apprehending six kingpins of the dark web and seizing 140 gramms of Charas/Hash, 1450 gramms of Ganja, 184 LSD Blots, 10 gramms of MMDA, and seven cellphones, all worth Rs. 9 lakh.
The police also identified 30 drug users who were buying drugs from the accused, and the investigation is going on to find other users. According to the police, the accused used to deliver drugs via Indian Postal Services and couriers in neatly packaged boxes, envelopes, and packages.
Narendra Arya, one of the main accused and dark web kingpins, is from Haryana and lives in Goa. For the past year, he has been involved in online drug trafficking via the Dark Web, using social media and cryptocurrency to make payments. The police discovered that approximately Rs. 30 lakh in cryptocurrency transactions were made for drug trafficking across India. He has nearly 450 clients in India.
Farhan Mohd, the Dark Web's second accused and kingpin, is a Madhya Pradesh native who has settled in Rajasthan and is in his final year of B. Tech. He has been involved in online drug trafficking via the Dark Web and social media for the past six months. They paid for delivery via cryptocurrency and delivered the drugs to the consumer's address via courier and India Postal Services in neatly packaged boxes, envelopes, and packages. He was found to have made nearly Rs. 15 lakh in cryptocurrency transactions throughout India for the purpose of drug trafficking.
The other drug dealers, who live in Hyderabad, purchased the drugs from Holy Shop, Treeminator, and Zambadacarte while concealing their identities through the Dark Web, social media, and cryptocurrency. Further investigation revealed that customers were ordering a variety of narcotics from the aforementioned stores, including LSD, MDMA, Ecstasy Pills, Weed , and Charas, among others, for both personal use and resale. They obtained large amounts of drugs from Narendra Arya and Farhan Mohd and distributed them to customers.
The confiscated items were handed to the Station House Officers (SHO) of the Humayunagar, Chaderghat PS, and Jubliee Hills Police stations for further investigation. Three cases were filed against them in various police stations for their offences.
The details of the case were revealed by Hyderabad police commissioner CV Anand at a press conference on Thursday at the ICC building in Banjara Hills. The arrests were made under the supervision of Chakravarthy Gummi, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad Narcotics Enforcement Wing; P. Rajesh, Inspector of Police; G. S. Daniel, Sub-Inspector of Police; and K. Narayana Reddy, Humayunnagar Inspector; P. Sateesh, Chaderghat Inspector; and S. Rajasekhar, along with Humayunnagar police, Chaderghat police, and Jubilee Hills police.