Arrests Feb 11, 2020

NCB Arrests First Ever Indian Darknet Vendor Selling Narcotics

First case of narcotics vendor arrested in India

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday announced the arrest of an Indian narcotic drug vendor. The 21-year-old is said to have mastered the art and technique of using the dark web to order and sell drugs, majoring in psychotropic types. The shipments were disguised as sex stimulation medicines.

Dipu Singh, son of a retired army officer, was arrested at Lucknow by the Sleuths of the Delhi Zonal Unit of the NCB. Singh did his operations through reputable marketplaces like the Majestic Garden and Empire Market.

The Deputy Director General (operations) for NCB Rajesh Nandan Srivastava's report indicated that Singh's original business was shipping fitness supplements and erectile dysfunction pills to various overseas locations. He then realized that he could make more profit on the darknet by selling controlled substances, so he disguised his drug business as his previous one.

Residing in the Alam Bagh area of Lucknow, a bachelor in hotel management holder from Amity University was bright and quick and "mastered the technique to disguise identity while making the shipment," read a statement from the NCB.

The central anti-narcotics agency under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act arrested him in his residence.

Singh had thousands of parcels couriered to several destinations overseas, such as Romania, the USA, the UK, Spain, and other European nations. Within the two-month-long operation which involved international law agencies, a total number of 55,000 psychotropic tabs were seized. The tablets included Tramadol, Alprazolam, and Zolpidem.

The global "Operation Trance" in which the NCB is part of started in December. It entailed a joint intelligence-gathering action on any given shipment platform such as the courier, international postal, and express mail shipments that contained psychotropic medicines meant to be taken under prescription.

The operation unearthed international linkages that spread from the US to Singapore. International couriers and global post offices are used to facilitate the illegal trade.

The NCB said that investigations into the case are ongoing to establish Singh's links and his associates.

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