The devious dark web drug dealers are now relying on the postal drugs order services to reach every corner of Scotland with speed, cocaine and ecstasy.
Remote areas such as Shetland that had earlier escaped the grip of drugs now deals with the highest number of potentially deadly postal drugs. The crime experts have found out over 1300 intercepted packages containing a mixture of drugs such as Cannabis (Marijuana), Cocaine, Ecstasy and Benzodiazepines (Diazepam and Temazepam). Royal Mail of Scotland had also been deliberately used for trading drugs.
The crime experts have found out that the postal drugs delivery depicts both expedite usage in more urban and more deprived areas. This also indicates that it exposes more remote regions to the dark web drug markets.
Criminologist Dr. Ben Matthews of Edinburgh University said: “We looked at the geographical spread of around 1300 drugs packages identified being delivered into Scotland into the post from overseas.”
“The highest package delivery rates by local authority were, in order, Aberdeen City, Western Isles and Dundee City. We only have records of intercepted drugs so the actual number of packages sent and received will be larger.”
“We found that the highest package delivery rates were in the most urbanized local authorities in Scotland such as Aberdeen City, City of Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Stirling, but also some of the most remote like the Western Isles, Shetland and Highland.”
“The high rates in Western Isles and Shetland might show that digital drugs marketplaces were opening up access to drugs markets in areas where supply was more limited in offline markets.”
“The packages that were identified were also very varied in size – from a few grams to multiple kilograms. The larger packages tended to be of lower class drugs.”
So that indicates that most of these packages were low-level, probably personal use but with a small number of packages that were probably related to commercial supply.”
Ben’s research team had used information from the NCA or National Crime Agency that revealed 1374 postal drugs packaged wisely had been intercepted between April 2011 and January 2016. The mail-order drug packages cannabis products alongside benzodiazepines like ‘jellies’ and Ecstasy or MDMA.
Other discovered postal drugs included cocaine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, GBL, Khat, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, Steroids and Mephedrone.
The UK Border Force members or the parcel handlers suspected packages bearing drugs based on their appearance, current intelligence picture of the commodity’s recipient location, and the origin country.
All the packages are X-rayed while the suspected packages containing postal drugs are opened and examined. In the examination, if the packages are detected with possible illegal substances, a sample test is carried out using a mass spectrometer. If the test confirms possession of an illicit drug, the Border Force officials immediately notify the NCA.
Dr. Matthews added: “Digital drugs markets are a hard area to research because it’s clandestine by nature. So it’s novel to be able to get this glimpse into how these digital drugs markets are used, and particularly to look at where the packages were going.
“Obviously people tend not to advertise this. As far as we know this is the first time this has been done.”
Detective Superintendent Craig Willison said: “Any form of illegal drugs supply is unacceptable and the individuals involved clearly have no regard for the damage they are causing to communities.
“Police Scotland will continue to use all resources at its disposal to target and disrupt this type of criminality and any information regarding dealers using the postal system to distribute illegal drugs will be thoroughly investigated.”
The news of the postal order drugs study originates following sniffer dogs patrolling the Scottish islands, which had helped the cops seize drugs worth £250,000 last year.
Back in November, hauls by the sniffer dogs working with the charity handlers and the cops consisted of £125,363 of narcotics and cash on Shetland, nearly £56,000 worth drugs in the Western Islands and £62,000 worth drugs on Orkney. The cops had praised their work and mentioned that it had aided them in catching dark web vendors switching to the postal drugs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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