Feds Arrested Eight, Shut Down Online Drug Marketplace

Posted on Apr 17 2012 - 10:26am by Editorial Staff

“The Farmers Market” – an online drug market used the Tor Project allowing suppliers to anonymously sell their ware online to buyers in 35 countries. The store provided buyers with order forms, forums, and customer service, and accepted various forms of payment, including PayPal and Western Union, according to the 66-page indictment. The feds has arrested (via CNet) eight men and charged with distributing more $1 million in LSD, ecstasy, and other narcotics through an online storefront that hid the identities of the service’s users.

“The drug trafficking organization targeted in Operation Adam Bomb was distributing dangerous and addictive drugs to every corner of the world, and trying to hide their activities through the use of advanced anonymizing on-line technology,” Briane Grey, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration acting special agent in charge, said in statement. “Today’s action should send a clear message to organizations that are using technology to conduct criminal activity that the DEA and our law enforcement partners will track them down and bring them to justice.”

The history of how all this started and happens starts like this the marketplace network (feds given it the name as “Operation Adam Bomb”), which allegedly began operations in March 2006. Between January 2007 and October 2009, the marketplace has processed more than 5,200 orders worth more than $1 million, authorities said.

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