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Australian Border Police “Well Aware” of Dark Net, Nab Drug Buyer

The Australian Border Force have arrested a 31-year-old Australian man following an investigation that puts him in connection with drugs purchased and imported to the country via the dark net.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) and the South Australian Police (SAPOL) have arrested a man alleged to have imported and distributed drugs purchased on the dark net.

In an announcement, the man has been charged with importing a “marketable quantity” of controlled drugs into Australia.

Craig Palmer, ABF Acting Commander Immigration and Customers Enforcement said that the country’s law enforcement authorities are keeping an eye on the inflow of drug imports stemming from dark net websites. More to the point, Palmer added that law enforcement is “well aware” of drug marketplace websites on the dark net.

He stated:

We are well aware of these websites and take any attempts to import illegal border controlled drugs very seriously.

Working with our partner agencies, we will continue to target those people who think they can illegally purchase and import illicit goods online.

The man was arrested following several executed search warrants in multiple properties in Adelaide and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

Altogether, law enforcement seized 910 doses of an amphetamine drug, 380 doses of LSD as well as 72 capsules and 15 grams of MDMA. The ABF also point to other powders and liquids seized that they allege were to be used in manufacturing illicit drugs.

The agency published a picture of the haul from the seizure on their social media account.

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ABF’s dope haul. Image credit: Australian Border Force

Altogether, the SAPOL will charge the accused with 14 counts of trafficking in a controlled drug.

The man, arrested last week, could face a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and/or a fine of up to AUD$900,000.

Images from Shutterstock and the Australian Border Force.