A youth from Kerala, named K Rahman, has recently been taken into custody by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for buying ecstasy using Bitcoin worth $26,727.96 from the dark web market.
As per the report, 24-year-old Rahman ordered contraband from Germany, which was to be delivered by the Foreign Post Office in Chamarajpet.
NCB Arrests Rahman In 19 Days
The report further stated that in July 2020, FPO received the drug parcel from Frankfurt, Germany.
During the investigation, it has been found that the delivery address mentioned on the drug parcel was false.
The investigating officer of the case recently has said that initially, they received a tip from an unnamed source, and as the proceeded forward they found the parcel, on July 31.
The parcel contained a packet of grey and brown colored pills each whose weight was 159 grams.
The investigating officer further stated, “Lab reports revealed they were ecstasy pills aka molly, psychoactive recreational drugs made from methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a banned substance in India.”
According to the reports, the parcel contained a total of 750 whose worth was around $26,727.96.
During the investigation, the zonal director of NCB Bangalore, Amit Ghawate, and his team were closely monitoring Rahman’s movement. Then after 19 days .i.e., on August 19, they apprehended him from Kerala.
Crypto-Related Illegal Activities Increasing
For quite a long time, illegal activities using cryptocurrency are increasing in India.
According to the reports, a month ago, four of the criminals in India, out of which two were minors, abducted a crypto trader named Arpit from New Delhi.
The kidnappers abducted the victim from east Delhi, took him to the outer Delhi area, and at gunpoint asked him to pay the ransom in Bitcoin. However, the police soon got their hands on the criminals.
After arresting the criminals, Jasmeet Singh, the DCP at Delhi police, in a public statement announced that out of four criminals two were juveniles and others were a 32-year-old graduate named Vikram and a second-year graduate student Nitin Yadav, age 20.
Singh further stated that among the four criminals, Vikram knew about Bitcoin trading, as he regularly watches the videos related to it on YouTube.