South Tyneside men arrested as drugs gang ‘dismantled’
A gang selling ecstasy all over the world on the dark web has been “dismantled”, police have said.
Two men from South Tyneside have been arrested on suspicion of importing and supplying drugs.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has been investigating after parcels of MDMA destined for Europe, Asia and the USA were intercepted last summer.
Operations manager Martin Clarke said the gang have been “preying on the vulnerable and destroying communities” ;.
“This investigation demonstrates people who attempt to use the dark web and encrypted communication devices to anonymously commit crimes could be identified,” he said.
Drugs with a block value of £4.3m had been recovered, including MDMA, amphetamines and more than 6,000 Diazepam (alprazolam) tablets, the agency said.
Cryptocurrency money laundering
Officers seized mobile phones, computers and drug packaging paraphernalia.
Encrypted messages were analysed to recognize those selling drugs and laundering money using cryptocurrency.
The drugs were being imported from Holland and then sold on the dark web under four names: HundredsUK, Hundredsandthousands, Sundaefundae, and 100and1000s.
Two men, darkode reborn (sneak a peek at this website) aged 24 and 31, have been arrested in South Shields and Hebburn on suspicion of importing and supplying Class A, B and C drugs.
Officers searched other addresses in South Shields and an address in Epsom, Surrey.
The agency was still looking for two individuals from South Shields who’re considered to be overseas, it said.