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How Rs 3000 Crore Dark Web Drug Empire Was Busted By Joint Operation By ED and FBI

Rs 3,000 crore drug ring busted! ED & FBI team up to seize Rs 1.5 cr in crypto & arrest suspects in dark web drug case.



IT Professional Duped of Rs 27.9 Lakh in Drug-in-Parcel Scam

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) of India, in collaboration with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has busted a Rs 3,000 crore scam involving digital currencies in Uttarakhand. This extensive operation led to the arrest of two individuals suspected of operating an international drug trafficking network.

The operation, which marks a notable success in international law enforcement cooperation, commenced with an investigation by the ED in August 2023. Acting on crucial intelligence from US authorities, the ED identified two Indian nationals, Parvinder Singh and Banmeet Singh, allegedly pivotal in the drug trafficking scheme. The duo was apprehended from Haldwani, Uttarakhand on April 27, following detailed raids conducted the previous day.

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Innovative Use of Technology in Crime

Investigations revealed that the suspects allegedly used dark web vendor marketplaces to facilitate drug sales, capitalizing on the anonymity provided by the internet’s hidden sectors. These platforms, notorious for their use in illegal activities, include well-known names such as Silk Road 1, AlphaBay, and Hansa. By employing online advertisements and establishing a robust network of distributors, the group managed to conduct their illegal operations discreetly.

The primary modus operandi involved cryptocurrency transactions, where drugs were exchanged for digital currencies. These funds were subsequently laundered through various cryptocurrency wallets, complicating the traceability of the illicit money flow.

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Significant Seizures and Ongoing Investigations

As the investigations deepened, the US FBI successfully seized digital currency assets worth approximately Rs 1,500 crore, linked directly to this criminal network. Additionally, the ED has recovered critical documents pertinent to the case, which have been shared with the FBI to aid in further analysis and evidence gathering.

In a related search operation, law enforcement officials raided Parvinder Singh’s residence in Haldwani. This search was aimed at seizing electronic devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones, which are believed to have played a significant role in the commission of these crimes.

Implications and Future Steps

This operation not only highlights the growing nexus between digital currencies and criminal enterprises but also underscores the critical need for international collaboration in tackling such sophisticated schemes. The success of this joint operation is a testament to the effectiveness of global cooperation in the fight against cybercrime and drug trafficking.

Law enforcement agencies remain vigilant, and further investigations are underway to completely dismantle this network and mitigate the risk posed by similar operations in the future. The crackdown serves as a stern warning to those engaged in using advanced technologies for criminal activities, showcasing the extensive reach and resolve of global law enforcement entities.


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