Man From India Arrested Over Sale of Illegal Drugs Disguised as Sex Aids on Dark Web
India has made its first arrest of the alleged dark web drugs vendor.
Recent Amity University graduate Dipu Singh was taken into custody in Alambagh, Lucknow, on Feb 9 by India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The 21-year-old is accused of selling psychotropic drugs disguised as erection dysfunction remedies on dark web markets in exchange for cryptocurrency.
Singh, whom the NCB described as “a major player on the darknet,” allegedly sold illegal drugs to customers in several European countries, including Romania and Spain, and to customers in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The illegal pills were mostly sold through dark web Majestic Garden and Empire Market, then shipped via global post offices and international courier services. The NCB suspects Singh also made sales via WhatsApp.
“Singh had mastered the technique to disguise the identity while making a shipment. It had been learned that the said parcel was without KYC information,” said deputy director-general of operations at the NCB, Rajesh Nandan Srivastava.
In three seizures, NCB’s Mumbai Zonal Unit recovered 33,000 Tramadol and Zolpidem tablets, which they claim can be linked to Singh’s alleged drug-dealing operation. The Delhi team had seized another 22,000 tablets.
A total of 55,000 psychotropic tablets, which include tramadol, zolpidem, and alprazolam, were seized as part of a two-month-long operation into Singh’s alleged activities.
Singh gained a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management last year. To help fund his studies, Singh accepted a part-time work at a legitimate internet pharmacy in 2018. There he earned a commission from the sale of fitness supplements and erectile dysfunction medicines. But the NCB alleges that the then student was lured over to the dark side with the promise of additional money.
An NCB spokesperson said Singh “further learned that the major profit is within the sale of controlled psychotropic medicines.”
Singh allegedly worked with an associate who took orders for the drugs and shared details of where to deliver each package. After using couriers to collect the drugs from various cities in India, Singh is accused of sending them out to his clients packaged as erection dysfunction medicine. If convicted, Singh will probably face a stiff sentence.