Three men in the United Kingdom have been arrested and charged with the sale of illegal narcotics via the dark web through Bitcoin payments.
The “Project4” drug ring had been operational for over a year, with a man named Colin McCabe leading the whole gig.
The trio was selling Class A drugs including cocaine, ketamine, and cannabis. They were apprehended by the UK police on August 9th and have been sentenced to 20+ years of prison.
The leader himself, McCaleb, received 12 years, while others got 10 years and 1 year respectively.
It has also been reported that the estimated revenue from these drug sales is around 1 million pounds and that the “dealers” were reaching as far as Australia in terms of customers.
The police chief mentioned that Project4 was one of the most well-organized drug rings he had ever seen, but remained confident in the UK’s competence in cybersecurity.
The trio was caught due to a DNA analysis on one of the “packages” that led the police to McCaleb and later to other accomplices.
Selling drugs with Bitcoin has been becoming quite apparent in the European Union as several rings have been apprehended just this Summer.
There was the case with Germany as well as a Spain-based groups trafficking drugs via open borders and receiving payments in Bitcoin to stay under the authorities’ radars.