As authorities worldwide work to rid society off the drug traffickers, a similar operation in India has proved successful as police in Chennai have managed to track down and apprehend a notorious drug racket responsible for the smuggling and distribution of illegal substances.
This arrest was made successful following a dark web transaction that was paid in Bitcoin by an alleged member of a local drug network.
Reports confirm that the ring majorly dealt in the sale and distribution of psychedelics such as 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine/ecstasy (MDMA) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), popularly known as acid.
The dark web drug ring maintained their anonymity by handling their transactions through Bitcoin.
Details About the Arrest by Indian Authorities
One suspect, Nikhil Tiwari (32 years of age), was found in possession of several LSD stamps and ecstasy pills.
The former IT technician who worked in Guindy had previously been suspected by local law enforcement of being part of a group that ran the contraband through the Indian Post (India’s state-owned postal service) from foreign countries.
According to local media reports, the former IT technician gave up formal employment a few years ago to pursue drug trafficking.
Upon apprehension, the suspect confessed to the charges of selling the illegal substances to young college students and party ravers in the area.
A lot of these buyers were also young software professionals (which is not uncommon among India’s tech sector).
Authorities are still on the lookout for possible accomplices who aided him in the whole illegal trade.
Tiwari’s home residence was raided by the local assistant commissioner of police and inspector following a tip they received.
Law enforcement posed as potential customers in a bid to get close enough to him to corner and arrest him.
The successful raid unearthed 20 grams of MDMA in its raw powder form, 62 tablets of ecstasy and 52 sheets of LSD stamps on him—all hidden away in book pages and clothing.
The full sum of the drugs is estimated to be around one million Indian rupees.
The assistant police commissioner made a statement that the drugs were considered to be quite pricey and they are specifically linked to the affluent and rich kids who can afford them.
The police presented Tiwari in court together with the found evidence and a verdict was arrived that he be detained in judicial custody until the court decides the appropriate course of action.
Authorities sent the recovered drugs to a forensics lab to ascertain quality.
They also hope to get a more accurate price estimation figure for the total sum of the contraband after the results are released from the lab.