Narco trade via Darknet, Bitcoin reported in India

PTI | Jul 17, 2016, 10.18 AM IST


  • Bitcoin and Darknet being used by drug traffickers in India
  • Two syndicates interdicted by Narcotics Control Bureau were prima facie seen indulging in trafficking of party drugs
  • Such transactions are difficult to track by the usual communications protocols and ports

NEW DELHI: Drug trafficking in India is on a new ‘high’ with anti-narcotics agencies having detected the crime being perpetrated through the cryptic ‘darknet’ and the clandestine and unregulated currency Bitcoin.

The narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), chief law enforcement and intelligence agency responsible for fighting drug trafficking and abuse of illegal substances, has interdicted two such syndicates operating in the country.

“For the first time, we have detected drug traffickers using the darknet and Bitcoin for running the illegal drug racket in India. I can tell you that our investigations have shown that some of these operatives are based in the country. We are probing them,” NCB Director General R R Bhatnagar told PTI.

While ‘darknet’ is a clandestine internet network which can only be accessed with specific software, configurations and authorisation and

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