When it comes to the deep web’s drug-related interactions, the involvement of Asian countries has been minimal, to say the least.
This is largely attributed to Asia’s iron-clothed drug laws and bottlenecked information, especially with regards to the internet.
A 27-year-old man, Jeong has suddenly ended Asia’s deep web clean sheet after he was detained by South Korean law enforcement for drug trafficking and distribution.
He was allegedly involved in the purchase of drugs from some of the popular darknet markets, which he redistributed to earn his profit.
His target market was primarily international students who are studying in South Korea.
Jeong’s operation has been ongoing since August 2015. Initially, the 27-year-old man only takes part in the purchase and distribution of various illegal substances from the deep web, most of which were narcotics.
Later in the year, he went on to set up his own marijuana farm from which he managed to make 20 million wons which is equivalent to $17,600.
He cultivated his crop in a rented room in Gangwon, Cheorwon County, where he used 40 tents, also rented, in the thermostat-controlled environment.
This was around November 2015 when he began to distribute his product in small packs designed to look like ordinary smoking pipes. His cannabis operation went on until June 2016.
Several Other Arrests Made
A total of 79 other people were arrested in connection with Jeong’s deep web drug operation, four of whom were suspected to be involved in the distribution of the illegal substances.
The other 75 were allegedly buyers of Jeong’s deep web narcotics and had bought drugs worth 100 million wons or $88,000 by the time the operation was seized.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency arrested students who were suspected of purchasing marijuana, LSD, cocaine, and MDMA which, in total, weighed 7,755 grams.
The police were able to get this and much more information concerning the 27-year-old man’s deep web drug operation by analyzing information from his seized computer.
Police Not Properly Equipped to Handle Cyber Crime
Asia’s lack of ability in tackling cyber crimes, especially those related to the various deep web drug operations is not an isolated occurrence.
Last 2015, police in India were unable to navigate the popular darknet drug market, Agora, after they had arrested three people suspected to have been involved in obtaining and distribution of drugs.
Initially, the law enforcement agents had found it hard to even access the site.
Afterward, navigating it had proved to be a task they were poorly prepared for and they only managed to uncover sites that sold antiques.
One of the officers of India’s Central Crime Branch mentioned that apprehending drug peddlers who bought their wares from the deep web was not an easy task, given that they used fake accounts and special software (Tor) to access the sites.
The fact that all the transactions were made through digital currency did not make the process of tracking down these criminals any easier.
It is evident that the total lack of information and resources was the main setback suffered by the Indian police.
The arrest of Jeong in Asia has no doubt alerted the better equipped South Korea law enforcement of the deep web criminal presence that will soon spread through their country.