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NCB busts pan-India drug network that used darknet, cryptocurrency; 6 held, the largest heist in 2 decades

NCB busts pan-India drug network that used darknet, cryptocurrency;  6 held, the largest heist in 2 decades

New Delhi, June 6: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested six people, alleged to be part of a pan-India network of drug traffickers that operated through the dark web, and seized 15,000 LSD drug blots, the agency’s biggest seizure in the last two decades.

The Narcotics Control Bureau said Tuesday, describing it as the biggest seizure in two decades. The agency seized 2.5 kg of imported ganja and Rs 4.65 lakh in cash at the behest of the suspects. LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide is a synthetic chemical based drug classified as a hallucinogen.

According to NCB Deputy Director General Dyaneshwar Singh, the gang used cryptocurrencies and the darknet, adding that deliveries were mostly made through courier services. “All transactions were virtual,” said NCB’s deputy director general, adding that the suspects used private messaging apps to communicate.

The darknet is an encrypted part of the Internet that is not indexed by search engines. It uses router TOR to avoid surveillance. Criminals commonly use the darknet to conduct illegal businesses, including trading malware, drug weapons, and criminal services under the guise of anonymity.

“We have arrested six persons in two cases and seized 15,000 blots of LSD drug… The commercial quantity of this drug is 0.1 gram. It is a synthetic drug and it is very high. Dangerous. In the last two decades,” NCB Deputy Director General said at a press briefing here today. That’s the biggest catch.”

The NCB official said that the 15,000 LSD blots seized are 2,500 times the commercial quantity.

The agency also seized 2.5 kg of imported ganja and Rs 4.65 lakh in cash, the official said, adding that Rs 20 lakh deposited in bank accounts were also seized.

The NCB Deputy DG also said that LSD is quite popular among the youth and most of the people involved in this network are educated and young.

“LSD is very easy to smuggle and almost difficult to detect. A commercial quantity is made up of 5 or 6 blots. The NCB has recovered 15,000 blots, and six people have been arrested. There has not been such a large seizure in the last few years,” he said.

NCB Deputy DG said that in 2021, Karnataka Chief Minister congratulated the police for seizing 5000 blots in the entire year.

Singh said the huge network was spread across many states in the country and also extended to countries like Poland, Netherlands and the US. The Delhi Zonal Team busted the cartel with the help of several units.

“India is slowly becoming a big consumer of LSD, which is dangerous. It is a huge network and it was spread across Poland, Netherlands, USA, Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh,” NCB official said.
He also said that apart from 15,000 LSD blots, two and a half kg of foreign cannabis and Tk 20 lakh have been seized.

Earlier in 2021, we arrested 40 accused and busted 3 dark net sites”, he added. (ANI)

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