Over the years, the dark web has shown how it can be used as a source for various types of illegal goods and services.
Moreover, as time passes, more people get to learn about it, and in the process, they end up trying it out.
The end effect is that the demand for the products offered in darknet markets increases since those interested have found a better and more convenient means of obtaining their desired product.
The situation in Britain is no different and can be used as a case study since the number of persons in the country who obtain drugs from the hidden web has taken an upward trajectory, according to the 2018 Global Drug Survey (GDS).
The Exact Situation in Britain
Earlier in the year, GDS revealed that London will soon be named a city where cocaine is delivered in a shorter time span than fast food like pizza. Other cities where the same happens are Berlin and New York.
The revelations are indeed shocking since it shows that demand for drugs is high and hence the reason why the delivery time is much shorter.
Apart from that and in the business context, it is a clear indication that there is a ready market for the commodities and the sellers are quick to have it delivered in the event of an order.
In their research, the GDS team compared pizza to cocaine to see which one is received faster than the other. The GDS report shows that more than 25 percent of drug users in Britain responded and by doing so, they gave a clear picture of what happens behind the scenes.
In total, the Global Drug Survey attracted about 65,000 participants from different countries. Also, further analysis shows that those who buy drugs from the dark web are generally younger and male, with a median age of 21 years.
From the data, slightly more than 40 percent said that the first time they consumed the drugs they had acquired it from the dark web. By browsing through several categories, they got access to various types of drugs in an indication that they were trying new things.
How Drugs Are Transported in the U.K.
It was revealed that to avoid inspection at airports as well as seaports within the U.K., the traffickers tend to send drug parcels using the country’s postal service.
The case is so rampant that even some postmen from the U.K. Royal Mail claim to be unaware that dealers are using the postal service to deliver drugs ordered from the dark web.
To confirm this allegation, some postmen were discretely interviewed, and they confessed that they do deliver packages that look suspicious. The concerning bit is that they cannot do anything about it.
Even when they reported it to the top management within the Postal Department, nothing would be done about it.
Their senior managers would instead tell them to do what they were paid or rather mind their own business, which can be disheartening when one tries to raise an alarm.
However, this is because there is a policy which says that packages should not be opened no matter what the case is, and it seems darknet users are taking advantage of the rule.
Some undercover investigators decided to see how the whole process works and they found that it took approximately a week to be delivered.
They further asked those involved why they prefer the postal service, and the answer was because of the lack of proper security personnel to do searches and scans of packages.
The situation is the exact opposite in the United States where law enforcement initiative dubbed Operation Disarray has brought together several federal agencies under a primary objective to fight the drug menace that has been propagated by the dark web.
According to the 2018 Global Drug Survey, other countries that experienced high rates of drug purchases from the darknet are Norway and Finland—30 and 46 percent, respectively—with several parameters taken into account in the statistics.
Use of Encrypted Messaging Apps to Deliver Drugs
In the survey, the effect of anonymous messaging platforms such as Jabber, ICQ and others was put into consideration because they are among the chief facilitators of drug delivery.
Using the messaging apps, users freely communicate with each other, and those who want to place orders can do so without necessarily having to access the dark web.
The mode of operation is simple and straightforward to understand. Once the user accesses a specific darknet market, browses through the drug category and respective subcategories, and ultimately finds a vendor, they then proceed and make a purchase.
After buying one or several products, they then ask the vendor if they use specific messaging apps and if that is the case, they proceed and request their username or number depending on the encrypted messaging platform that is used by the vendor.
As soon as they have this information, they do not necessarily have to access the dark web and make purchases, but they can instead send them a personal message and make payments via cryptocurrency.
However, making offline payments for darknet users comes with risks, such as falling victim to fraud.
Drugs in the Darknet vs. Streets
In general, various credible sources such as the GDS report that drugs bought on darknet markets tend to be purer as compared to those in the streets.
For those who end up buying, they really do not know the concoctions, and they end up assuming it is the same as the street-manufactured supply, which is entirely not the case.
Even though this is a fragrantly distorting fact, a majority seem not to understand the reality of the matter. Perhaps, the vendors should indicate a warning for those who majorly consume the drugs they sell.
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