02/15/2020Canada, Darknet News, Law Enforcement

According to a press release by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), three Canadians were arrested in Nanaimo, Canada for operating a dark web drug selling operation.

The RCMP’s federal serious and organized crime division (FSOC) executed search warrants on two homes in Nanaimo that police allege are associated with a dark-web drug trafficking ring.

Target of the probe was a darkweb vendor known by his online nickname “AlwaysOvrWeight”, who police claim was selling and shipping a wide variety of drugs including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, gamma hydroxybutyrate, psilocybin, ketamine and fentanyl to Canadians. Police determined AlwaysOvrWeight was also using encrypted communications to traffic drugs online as “bcpremo88”.

On Feb. 4, RCMP raided two homes in Nanaimo: an alleged GHB processing lab in the 3900-block of Hammond Bay Road; and a residence in the 6100-block of Kiara Place where police say evidence of drug trafficking using the dark web was found.

Three Nanaimo residents were arrested but their names haven’t been released as charges haven’t yet been laid. The raids followed a year-long investigation, called EPateriform, into online drug trafficking using the dark web and bitcoin exchanges.