Online Illegal Drug Operation Busted

Written by Eliza Player on Tuesday, 17 April 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Illegal Drugs

Online Drug Market

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.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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