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Sacramento FBI helps dismantle Alpha Bay dark website

Published On: 08-21-2017 in Category: addiction, drug abuse, drug trafficking

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sacramento-based U.S. Attorney Phil Talbert on July 20, 2017, announced the shutting down of the Alpha Bay dark website, media reports said. Alpha Bay had earned the ill-repute of being one of the most extensive criminal marketplaces on the dark web with over 200,000 buyers and 40,000 sellers involved in the illicit trade of deadly substances and toxic chemicals.

The announcement was made at a press conference held in Washington. To dismantle Alpha Bay, a joint investigation was carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch police with help from France, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. Expressing shock over the colossal havoc wreaked by Alpha Bay, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said, “We are talking about multiple servers, different countries, hundreds of millions of dollars in crypto currency, in a darknet drug trade that spans the globe.”

The announcement of the shutdown came after the detention of Alexandre Cazes on July 5, 2017, the 26-year-old Canadian national based in Thailand alleged to be the founder and administrator of Alpha Bay. However, on July 12, 2017, Cazes reportedly ended his life while in custody in Thailand. According to investigating officers of the Sacramento field office of the FBI and other international agencies, Cazes founded the site in July 2014 on the dark web, aiming to provide a platform for the sale of illicit drugs, firearms and ammunition, counterfeit products and stolen confidential data.

Teens, young adults vulnerable to dark web purchases

The internet can be a dangerous place for teens and young adults, who stand high chances of getting addicted to illegal substances. In fact, this is a matter of grave concern for parents and elders trying to shield their children from the consequences of harmful substances, particularly deadly prescription opioids.

Media reports have revealed that Alpha Bay had more than 4,100 listings for fentanyl, over 21,000 for opioids and other similar drugs from a wide range of dealers. Moreover, research suggests the presence of about 40,000 to 50,000 illegal online pharmacies engaging in the sale of illicit drugs. What is frightening is that a teenager only needs to type in a couple of keywords and click to enter these dangerous places on the dark web without the need of a valid medical prescription.

In recent years, authorities have gathered sufficient evidence to prove that organizers of “pharming parties,” which are a craze nationwide, procure their supplies of pills from such sites. Such alarming revelations have made it even more important for parents to take precautionary measures to safeguard their loved ones from falling into the trap of addiction.

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