Three men and a woman were accused of running a vendor shop and selling narcotics on the dark web by Skaraborg District Court. Law enforcement authorities believe the dealers made about five million SEK ($540,000) by distributing the illegal substances.
According to the indictment, the vendor shop ran between 2013 and April 2016. In April, Swedish law enforcement authorities raided an apartment in Mariestad, Sweden where they seized 15 different kinds of narcotics including LSD. It was a couple’s home who are now both among the defendants in the case. The prosecutor described the vendors’ operation as “systematic and professional”.
Sweden also took part in Operation Hyperion, a first ever global law enforcement action against illegal dark web activity. While the police in the Netherlands launched a dark net site listing the live and busted vendors and the users who they have identified, Swedish authorities claim they have de-anonymized 3,000 buyers and identified 20,000 dark web narcotic sales. It could be possible that the four suspects in the Skaraborg vendor case were part of those who the Swedish police identified as part of Hyperion.
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