Federal authorities claim to have busted a secret online market that sold illegal drugs to some 3,000 customers in 34 countries, and every state in the U.S. According to MSNBC.com,eight people have been arrested in connection to "Farmer's Market," which was an online drug distributor.
The arrests are the result of a two-year investigation into the online illegal drug market. "Farmer's Market" acted as as go between of suppliers and customers. The website sold drugs such as LSD, MDMA, fentanyl, mescaline, ketamine, DMT, and high-grade marijuana, and the website's operators received a percentage of each sale.
The key feature was that the suppliers and customers could supposedly stay anonymous. According to PowerRetail.com, the site's operators utilized a network called Tor, which allows users to mask their IP address in order to remain anonymous. According to the Tor Project Website, "the free software and open network help users defend against surveillance and traffic analysis that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships."
Two were arrested overseas, and six more within the United States. They are all charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and money laundering conspiracy. Some are also charged with distributing LSD and taking part in a criminal enterprise.