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Police Busted A Major Internet Drug Operation In Ukraine

Law enforcement authorities carried out a massive police action in Ukraine where authorities arrested multiple persons (the exact number of suspects is unknown) including the operator, organizer, and traffickers of a drug dealing website in Kiev.

Investigators from the Office of Service in Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye regions and the narcotics department of the Ukranian National Police participated in the action. The arrested suspects were running a website where they advertised ecstasy pills, methamphetamine, synthetic cannabis, marijuana and other narcotic and psychotropic substances. It is not clear whether the site was on the dark net or the clearnet (the normal part of the internet). During the search at the headquarters of the gang, police found drugs worth 500,000 UAH (about $19,600) and office equipment, notebooks and utility bills.

Investigators say the website was operating “for a long time”. The drug dealers advertised their products on internet forums and on the house walls in cities of Ukraine, such as Kiev, Zaporizhia, Dnepr, Krivoy Rog, Kharkov, Nikolayev and many others. They accepted BTC as payment, which they converted into UAH and withdrawn to bank accounts of one of Ukraine’s top banks. The gang communicated with their customers (and with other members) via Facebook Messenger, Jabber, Telegram, Skype and Viber.

According to the Article 307 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the gang members could face prison time up to 12 years.

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