Two European Men Arrested for Darknet Drug Sales
According to the Dutch Prosecution Service, two men were arrested yesterday morning for distributing drugs on various darknet market sites. This was reported earlier today via a press statement by the Dutch Prosecution Service.
The two men arrested are Dutch and German citizens, residing in Voorburg and Pijnacker, respectively. The investigating agency in Frankfurt investigated a 38-year-old man from Pijnacker who regularly sent drugs to the post in Germany. The German judicial authorities suspect that in this way the sale and delivery of drugs via Germany to many hundreds of customers worldwide took place on the darknet.
In May 2019, the Netherlands was asked via a European Investigation Order to cooperate in the investigation. The investigation then led to a 40-year-old man from Voorburg. This man is suspected to be the one who organized the sale on the dark web. The 38-year-old man from Pijnacker would then prepare the drug shipments and take them to Germany and Belgium to post to customers all over the world. The offer on the dark web covered almost all conceivable types of drugs: from amphetamine, XTC, cocaine, and hashish to ketamine. Large quantities of drugs were found during a search in a shed.
Authorities believe the arrests ended a large scale darkweb drug trafficking operation. According to the press release, the duo had shipped more than 2,300 to buyers worldwide. The man from Pijnacker has been arrested in Germany and will be prosecuted there. The man from Voorburg will be prosecuted in the Netherlands. He has been brought before the examining magistrate today, who has determined that he will be detained for 14 days.