Dark Web Drug Dealer Who Used Bitcoin Gets Arrested for LSD Smuggling in India
Indian Drug Dealer Busted For Smuggling LSD On The Dark Web Using Bitcoin
The Indian police from the south Indian city of Chennai (known as Madras some time ago) have busted a drug dealer which was trying to acquire LSD and ecstasy from the dark web to sell them in India. During the bust, the police took the drugs from Nikhil Tiwari, which is believed to be part of a wider network of dealers that acquires drugs on the dark web and sell them abroad.
Local news outlets have reported that the plan of the accused was to smuggle the drugs into the country to sell them there. LSD is odorless and colorless, so it is hard to detect via shipments, which makes it a good drug to simply order by mail on the dark web.
The local drug dealer has previously worked as an IT professional in the city that the crime happened. Reports explain that he decided to quit his profession to become a full-time drug dealer. The police went to Tiwari’s house after receiving a tip and were able to seize a total of 20 grams of MDMA, 62 ecstasy pills and 5 sheets of LSD stamps.
A local police officer stated that the preliminary investigation made by the police has shown that Tiwari used the Bitcoin to buy drugs and that they are still trying to discover whether the man had accomplices in Chennai or not.
The drug dealer has admitted to selling the drugs to school and college students as well as young professionals during interrogation. Since then, the police has seized his drugs (about $15,000 USD in drugs) and he remains in custody.
This case has many parallels with another LSD drug bust that happened in the city of Mumbai in March 2017. According to the Mumbai’s Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC), a drug trafficking operation of LSD was intercepted from the United States. The value of the drugs that were apprehended was about $108,000 USD. The payments were also made using Bitcoin.