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The Darknet Drug’s Business Is Booming!

via Dazed Digital

Good news for all online drug dealers – business is booming. According to the BBC, there are now over 43,000 listings for illegal drugs online, compared with just 18,000 in October 2013. That’s a whopping increase, particularly for an illegal counterculture that the FBI are working hard to shut down. In 2013, they managed to shut down Silk Road, the “poster boy” for online drugs markets, but since then, more and more drug dealing sites have emerged. There’s even a search engine that you can use specifically to hunt down black market goods.

Last year there were only four main markets, compared to 23 today, including respected vendors such as Agora, Pandora, Hydra and Outlaw. Increasingly, customers are turning away from the perils and hassle of buying drugs on the streets in favour of receiving higher quality product through the post.

Speaking to the BBC, one happy customer said: “I don’t have to reveal my identity at all, it’s completely anonymous, no-one’s going to find out who I am, I just feel safe using it.” Users must use the Tor network to access online marketplaces and pay for goods using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, making their transactions untraceable, anonymous and free of the stress of having to meet some weird guy in a car.

Experts agree that using the internet to buy drugs seems like a natural step. Adam Winstock of the Global Drugs Survey told the Guardian: “The growth of purchasing psychoactive drugs online in recent years reflects the growth of ecommerce more generally. Convenience, product choice, price and user ratings make buying drugs online attractive to some users.”

But Britain’s National Crime Agency are vowing to do everything in their power to halt the growth in trading. “We will use all and every tool and technique we possibly can,” said Caroline Young. “Whether they are dealers and buyers online or on the street – they are exactly the same. They are dealing in illegal drugs and they are dealing in misery.”

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Tyler Johson

    August 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Christian they started new ones and many of them were scams and are no longer working. Silk road 2 is up and running supposedly

  2. Christian Segerstrom

    August 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

    The Silk Road dude got busted in this cafe I frequent. He’d just sit there on his laptop, drinking coffee and running his empire, and none the wiser.

  3. Dillon Siciliano

    August 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Best acids from the Netherlands

  4. Dillon Siciliano

    August 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    SR2.0 4 lyfe

  5. Cromlek Fernandez

    August 4, 2014 at 5:20 am

    hail satan

  6. Josh Cass

    August 4, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I love getting sheets of LSD in the mail

  7. Martin Mav Thirlwell

    August 4, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Hasnt this been shut down now?

  8. William Gallina

    August 4, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Shut up and go away. Leave the deepweb for people who seek it

  9. Codrin Antonovici

    August 4, 2014 at 1:09 am

    the goverment can only “kill” an ordinary citizen with welfare or work, an old value not that loved in today’s casino type world :))

  10. Jeremie Jan

    August 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

    This article is a trap

  11. Raoul Duke

    August 4, 2014 at 12:48 am

    The government likes it when you give your own value to money.

  12. Sash Zwosiebenacht

    August 4, 2014 at 12:13 am

    You pay in bitcoins, not in dollars (;

  13. Josh Donelson

    August 4, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Was this screen shot from the early days of the “deep web”?

  14. Chan Ban

    August 4, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I’m sorry… you can buy an 8th of bud for 2 bucks?? Where the hell do I sign up?!

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