German Customs have arrested four men on suspicions of selling drugs and prescription pills on dark web markets.
German Customs from the Frankfurt Main customs investigation office partnered with the Frankfurt Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT) to investigate the alleged dark web vendors. German authorities said that the suspects earned at least “half a million euros from illegal transactions.”
The four suspects, are aged between 27 and 29, they are charged with distributing prescription medications and other drugs, including amphetamine and marijuana, through darkweb markets.
Earlier in February 2021, customs investigators executed search warrants on properties connected to the suspects. When executing the warrants, investigators found 52,000 pills prescription medications and large quantities of other drugs which included:
- 2kg of amphetamine
- 100g of ketamine
- 300g of marijuana.
A spokeswoman for the German customs investigation office said:
“The fact that the so-called vendors referred to as darknet dealers are not casual criminals is proven by the minimum turnover of over half a million euros from illegal transactions.”
The District Court in Korbach has ruled that the four defendants should be placed in pretrial detention.