The Hague police arrested Thursday a 38-year-old man from Pijnacker and a 40-year-old man from Voorburg on suspicion of large-scale drug trafficking via the dark web, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) reports Tuesday. The men would have processed at least thirteen hundred orders via the darkweb.
An investigation was started into the 38-year-old man from Pijnacker because he regularly sent drugs by mail in Germany. He would prepare the shipments and bring them to Germany and Belgium, then send the drugs to customers around the world. The 40-year-old man from Voorburg is probably the one who organized the sale on the dark web.
The offer on the dark web comprised virtually "all types of drugs to be conceived", writes the OM. "From amphetamine, xtc, cocaine and hashish to ketamine. The research has tackled a major supplier of drugs via the dark web."
In the investigation, the police cooperated with the investigation authority in Frankfurt. The man from Pijnacker has been arrested in Germany and will be prosecuted there. The man from Voorburg will be prosecuted in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is one of the most active EU countries when it comes to selling illegal drugs via the dark web. Between 2015 and 2017, Dutch people traded more than 10 million euros in drugs on AlphaBay, according to statistics that Europol possesses.