Undercover investigation into illegal marketplaces on the Internet
In an investigation of criminal marketplaces on the Internet, police Tuesday arrested five men, including a detainee. Anonymous, hidden deep websites drugs and weapons were offered. With the consent of the Public Prosecutor bought undercover agents in recent months on several occasions drugs and firearms. She also received a deposit for committing an assassin.
The police arrested two men in Enschede 30 and 31 years who are suspected of drug and arms trafficking anonymously online marketplaces. It is Black Market Reloaded and Utopia, Tor sites where drugs and other illegal goods were traded. The third suspect is a 29-year-old man from Utrecht, who was probably also involved in the black market places.
Black Market Reloaded went offline late last year after a large influx of visitors. The sudden rise came when the FBI in October the website Silk Road, one of the biggest competitors of Black Market Reloaded, took offline and founder arrested.
The Dutch suspects ran its own black market called Utopia. The servers on which this website turned found in German Bochum and Düsseldorf taken yesterday seized. After offline from their web site, the police left a business card with the message that the hidden service is seized.
At the request of the National Office, the German Federal Criminal Office Tuesday in Bad Nauheim also arrested a 21-year-old man who is suspected of trafficking in narcotics and weapons. The man offered probably not only hard drugs, but also ammunition and stolen credit cards and debit cards for sale.
A 46-year-old Dutch co-accused has been arrested in October 2013 when he was on his way to Germany with 1.5 kilos of hashish, more than 40 grams of cocaine, three kilograms of amphetamines and about 1.5 pounds of Ecstasy. The man was re-arrested today in his cell, now engaged in the illegal trade on the Internet, and an attempt at inciting murder.
The police investigation codenamed Commodore was launched in early 2013 due to signs of drug trafficking on the Internet via anonymous, hidden deep websites. There would be large-scale drug trafficking and other illegal goods and services. Drugs could be ordered on the Tor website and were then sent by post worldwide and delivered.
The Tor network makes it possible to anonymously surf the internet. Behind no trace Illegal marketplaces within the Tor environment make it possible to obtain. Illegal goods, services and information Through the use of gate, it is also difficult to make the actual location of the web server to be determined.
The illegal and highly accessible nature of these websites with digital payments in bitcoins makes them very socially undesirable and create a serious distortion of the law with them. The research Commodore is a clear message to anyone who thinks they may commit in the digital anonymity. Crimes The investigation and prosecution of these offenses have high priority. Police and the Public Prosecution Within the anonymous Tor environment is no untouchable.
The police made by undercover agents contact with the suspects. The agents simply bought narcotics and firearms. It involved several thousand ecstasy pills, MDMA raw diced and dozens of grams of cocaine. To the undercover agents were in prospect that they could buy. Cocaine per kilo
To the astonishment of the police and the Public Prosecution Service, the undercover agents were also asked “to bring someone to the other world.” The target should be extorted and murdered. The contact led to a meeting where a deposit was made.
During the search of the homes of the suspects seized computers, lots of data carriers, such as external hard drives and USB sticks, and about 900 bitcoins, worth about 400,000 to 600,000. The suspects were arrested in the Netherlands Friday brought before the magistrate in Utrecht. By the National Prosecutor’s surrender asked the German suspect.