Detectives from Spain’s national police force have arrested a man described as a major dark web cannabis dealer.
Officers detained the man in Malaga on suspicion of using three online tools designed to shield their users’ location, namely the Tor onion browser, encryption technology and the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
He was arrested following the linking of his home to the dark web cannabis supply conspiracy after police discovered the property was being used to prepare drug deals made on illicit hidden online marketplaces.
The operation that led to the man being detained began last year when Spanish officers began a probe into individuals using the dark web and other technology to sell drugs.
In a statement, police said the platforms on which dark web drug dealers sell their illicit products often have eBay-style rating and feedback systems, allowing traders to build their reputation by offering high levels of customer service.
Some dark web illicit marketplaces also offer buyers and sellers the opportunity to communicate and exchange information over instant chat services and in hidden online forums.
“Thanks to the investigation, one of the most active hashish online sellers has been arrested,” Policia Nacional said in a statement.
“The arrest was made at his home, located in the Malaga town of Mijas, when he was connected to the dark web.
“During the operation, officers seized 2kgs of herbal cannabis prepared for distribution in small packages, two computers, a telephone, envelopes and packaging material, a vacuum packing machine and cutting and weighing tools.
“The operation remains open for the identification and location of more than 60 online sellers who are being investigated.”
The police did not name the market arrested dealer was using. More details will be shared soon.
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