Germany: 7 people arrested for selling on the dark web

Seven Germans have been arrested on charges in connection with drug trafficking on the dark web.

The General Public Prosecutor’s Office in Koblenz, Germany filed an indictment against seven people for importing drugs from the Netherlands and selling them on the now-defunct DarkMarket marketplace.

Authorities in Koblenz published a press release saying that the charges against the seven defendants who are aged between 29 and 65 years old were filed at the Trier Regional Court. The defendants allegedly imported large quantities of amphetamine, heroin, and MDMA from Netherlands. After receiving the packages, the suspects resold them from Germany through various darkweb markets, including on DarkMarket.

Koblenz Germany
Koblenz Germany

A year-long investigation by the State Criminal Police Office in Rhineland-Palatinate resulted in the identification and arrest of the seven suspects who are listed in the indictment. Investigators claimed that they intercepted and seized more than 180 drug packages during the course of their investigation. These interceptions resulted in the confiscation of more than 10 kilograms of amphetamine and more than 7,900 ecstasy pills.

After they identified the suspects, the police executed search warrants in Rhineland-Palatinate, Bavaria, and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on February 8, 2021. The searches lead to the seizure of approximately 30 kilograms of drugs, which included 25 kg of amphetamine. Three people were also arrested as a result of the searches.

The indictment alleges that the defendants sold more than 426.67 kilograms of amphetamine, 3.87 kilograms of heroin, 2 kilograms of MDMA, 15.96 kilograms of hashish after and fulfilled more than 1,400 orders.

A trial date has not yet been set for the defendant’s. The three suspects arrested during the searches remain in custody, including the one who allegedly confessed to the police.

The prosecutor’s office have not yet revealed the username of the vendor account allegedly operated by the defendants.