Man with computer 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
The police’s economic crimes unit arrested on Tuesday 30 suspects they say ran
an online drug distribution network, producing the illegal substances and
selling them via “Darknet,” law enforcement officials
“Darknet” is a general term used to describe file-sharing and
other Internet sites where private IP addresses are not used, making it very
difficult for users to be traced. Such sites have been used to share child
pornography and by criminals in the drug trade as well as by dissident movements
that want to prevent their online usage from being tracked by
Police said that over the past few months, they’ve run an
undercover investigation against the network, making purchases of drugs
Police said the drugs bought online were part of a network that
shipped them to a kiosk in Tel Aviv, from where they were distributed around the
city and beyond.
Police said that they believe the system may have made
use of “bitcoins”, the peer-topeer digital currency. Bitcoins aren’t controlled
or regulated by any country or company, and the difficulty in tracing their use
has made them popular for online drug purchases and other illicit
On Tuesday, police raided the homes of suspects who they say
included those who ran the website and were responsible for the sales and supply
side of the drug network.