Bengaluru police have arrested a gang of street vendors who bought drugs on the dark web and sent them home to buyers through courier services, officials said on Tuesday.
The anti-narcotics wing of the Central Crime Branch announced the confiscation of MDMA crystals, MDMA Ecstasy pills, LSD patches, cocaine and cannabis worth over Rs 2 crore after arresting five people from Delhi and Bihar who were operating the racket. Pay guest facilities (PG) in the city.
According to the officials, Vishal Kumar, Sagar Mehta, Bimanchu Thakur, Mahabali Singh and Sukjit Singh have been identified as running the racket to deliver medicines to the gates of metro cities. Officials said a key suspect was still wanted and police were searching for the suspect.
The gang allegedly purchased drugs on the dark web by contacting dealers using messaging apps such as Wickr Me and by making cryptocurrency payments. It has recruited unemployed youth by posting advertisements on online platforms and selling drugs in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, the CCB claimed.
They added that the recruits were placed in PG facilities and drugs purchased by the gang on the dark web were sent to them via postal or courier services. It is alleged that the appointed agents received a salary of Rs 50,000 per month to operate the racket.
From PGs, drugs were sent by agents through local courier services to the doors of customers, who placed orders via messaging platforms and made payments through online payment services. Police claimed the drugs were sent by disguising the packages with stickers such as a birthday present and an emergency medical kit.
After five people running the racket were arrested, the China Construction Bank froze five bank accounts receiving drug racket proceeds.
The gang was allegedly active for over 10 months in the drug business and was assembled by the missing client.