Bengaluru: Ten people, including two from Kerala, were arrested by the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch(CCB) for purchasing drugs using bitcoins on the darknet. Eight cases have been registered and Rs 90 lakh worth drugs seized, City police commissioner Kamal Pant said Monday.
“Using darknet websites like Empire Market, Silk route, Drug Board and other banned websites, the accused were importing various kinds of drugs, including sedatives, by paying through Bitcoin,” Kamal Pant said in a press meet.
Investigations revealed that the accused were getting parcels in the form of gift packs delivered from abroad, including through India Post. “The CCB police along with Bengaluru Customs officials arrested the accused in a joint operation,” Pant added.
The accused were supplying the drugs to college students and others. Most of the arrested are in their 20s, including Amal Byju (20), a native of Changanassery, Phoenix D’souza (24) native of Thiruvananthapuram, and Sanni O Innocenta (26) a Nigerian national residing in Bengaluru.
Crime Branch Police have seized 660 LSD papers, 386 MDMA, 180 ecstasy tablets, 12 grams of MDMA crystal, 10 grams cocaine and 12 mobile phones, three laptops, two two-wheelers and postal covers from the accused.
CCB police have registered eight separate cases at eight police stations in the city, and the accused have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
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