It has become apparent that Xanax is one of the most-acquired drugs from the dark web.
The findings are timely with recent news stories in which various individuals ended up on the wrong side of the law after they were caught buying or selling the drug on dark web markets.
Even though in most cases the name of the market is not revealed because of one reason or the other, those with interest in buying the drug can take a guess.
In the most recent incident involving Xanax, a senior high school student at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Massachusetts was arrested by police after being found with the drug.
Before police launched investigations, two employees of the school alerted the local authorities of their suspicions. An undercover police officer then approached the student and without knowing, the teenager ended up falling into the trap by agreeing to meet up with the officer to sell the drug to him.
According to the police report, the 18-year-old student—who is known as Ethan Morris—did confess to buying the drug from a darknet site.
When brought before the jury, the young man pleaded not guilty to the charges. The charges leveled against him include drug possession and distribution.
The judge hearing this case is William Rota, who set March 26 as the date for the pretrial. During this time, the lawyer representing Morris, Lori Levinson, was present.
Before the arrest, Morris began negotiating with the undercover police officer through Facebook Messenger, since the tip-off from school employees indicated that this is where he conducted business
The cops further reveal that he had agreed to sell 20 double doses of Xanax at the cost of $100 to them.
Since the deal was good for Morris, he agreed to meet up with the cops to initiate the trade only to get arrested, have his phone seized his bedroom searched. The search led to the confiscation of more Xanax pills along with a flash disk and a laptop.
When taken in for questioning, Morris divulged more information that after purchasing the drugs from the dark web, he would have the supply shipped to him via the U.S. Postal Service—a clear indication that the vendor who sold the drug is from within the country or has connections in the U.S.
From this, it is notable that thousands of buyers who use the dark web to acquire various illegal substances use the U.S. Postal Service to receive goods.
The police say Morris allegedly purchased 1,100 pills of Xanax at the cost of $750. When a customer buys in retail, then he charges them $5 per pill, but if the buyer would purchase more than 100 pills, then he would lower the price to $2 per pill.
Breaking down the math, he would buy a pill for slightly less than three-quarters of a dollar. And given his selling price, he could make a profit off this business.
Since he is in high school where the majority of students are minors, it was important for the police to know his market.
But when asked, Morris said he did not sell the drugs to his peers at the high school.
Morris then tells the police that he sold the drugs to 50 to 100 buyers, but he later claimed only 20 to 50 people had bought the drugs.
The incident has to some extent caused fear in the school and raised awareness in learning institutions in the area.
So far, there has been no official public comment from the school about the case.
Availability of Xanax on Darknet Markets
Xanax is readily available on dark web markets under names such as Alprazolam and Niravam. It will depend on its state—i.e., powder, crystals or pill—and the dosage. These two factors combined will have a direct effect on the price.
The only problem is that due to the increasing number of sellers in hidden marketplaces seeking to reap massive profits, they tend to mix Xanax with other drugs such as Fentanyl and other unknown substances which make it dangerous.
Because of this, some individuals unknowingly buy fake drugs. This was the case in 2016 when nine people in Florida were killed after consuming fake Xanax pills.
Despite the numerous challenges faced by individuals who buy drugs from the dark web, people are still willing to take risks despite the fact that there is the possibility of arrests and seizure of the goods—true to the saying, “desperate moments call for desperate measures.”
But what is for sure is that drug trafficking has become rampant as a result of the dark web.