The narcotics wing of Bengaluru’s Central Crime Branch (CCB) is cracking down on darknet mail. A particular concern is centered around drugs that can be hidden “in sheets of paper or inside books.”
Mail courier agencies are going to be required to develop a drug identification system. There is a focus on smaller mail agencies, especially those already deficient in this department. A CCB source tells The Hindu “We will ask them to scan every parcel and also ask for the identity of the sender along with proof.” Police are aware that scanning packages mailed to fake names and addresses will provide few results; the current goal is to catch those who use their real name and address.
Sunil Kumar Sinha, zonal director, Narcotics Control Bureau, Bengaluru, says, “It is very difficult to track dealings done through the darknet. Even financial transactions are virtual.” His team is involved in training courier agencies to identify narcotics in packages. Another CCB officer confirms “It’s very difficult to track online trade, because these drugs are ordered in small quantities from one’s home.”
In July, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau, RR Bhatnagar, spoke about the growing darknet concerns. India’s borders had become increasingly difficult to