French law enforcement authorities arrested five men, aged between 23 and 59, who are suspected of running a website on the dark web selling different kinds of drugs.
The judicial police in Versailles, France detained and placed the five suspects in police custody on Wednesday. The prosecution accused the defendants of setting up and running a website for several months on the dark web, where they sold narcotics to customers.
The National Directorate of Intelligence and Customs Investigations (DNRED) started an investigation against the suspects several weeks ago. Officials at the Ministry of France discovered the illegal activities of the five men. Law enforcement authorities caught the trail of the suspects when they uncovered that large amounts of BTC were paid to the website admins by the customers. The ministry estimates the total turnover of the traffickers to be more than 500,000 euros.
“The platform sold everything – cannabis, cocaine, heroin or MDMA – and was sent [by] a delivery man, who dropped off the goods at their home,” a source close to the investigation said. It was then necessary to identify the individuals who were hiding