UK Police Dismantles Dark Web Drug Ring
07 Apr 2021

By Juliett Pineda, OCCRP, 6 April 2021

OCCRP — British authorities said they have seized drugs worth 4.3 million pounds (nearly US$6 million) from suspected members of a criminal network that sold MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, amphetamines and other narcotics on the dark web.

The U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested last week two suspects and raided premises in London and northeastern England in a joint operation with the U.S. Homeland Security.

Officers seized mobile phones, computers and drug packaging paraphernalia, the agency said in a statement on Friday.

Last summer, the NCA intercepted parcels of MDMA set to ship to several global locations and after accessing messages exchanged by gang members via EncroChat, a now extinct encrypted phone network widely used by organized crime, police identified the suspects and launched the searches.

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