THE TIMES: Dealers use spy tactic to deliver drugs and arms

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 19/7/2017

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Dark web users are adopting the espionage tactic of “dead drops” to deliver drugs and other illegal items, a report reveals. The dealers hide packages in “suitably discreet offline locations” and make their map coordinates available to the customer on the dark web, the secretive online world in which users can trade illegal drugs, guns and stolen bank details. Researchers have raised concerns that firearms dealers might be deploying similar methods to distribute weapons because it removes the risk of sending illegal parts through the mail. The report by the research institute Rand Europe and Judith Aldridge, professor of criminology at Manchester University, says: “This particular innovation should be further monitored in connection with firearm selling, where the challenges and risks of postal delivery for bulky weapons seem greater than small, lightweight and stealthy drug deliveries.”

Media coverage

TitleDealers use spy tactic to deliver drugs and arms
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typePrint
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date19/07/17
DescriptionDark web users are adopting the
espionage tactic of “dead drops” to
deliver drugs and other illegal items, a
report reveals.
The dealers hide packages in “suitably
discreet offline locations” and make
their map coordinates available to the
customer on the dark web, the secretive
online world in which users can trade
illegal drugs, guns and stolen bank
details. Researchers have raised concerns
that firearms dealers might be deploying
similar methods to distribute
weapons because it removes the risk of
sending illegal parts through the mail.
The report by the research institute
Rand Europe and Judith Aldridge, professor
of criminology at Manchester
University, says: “This particular innovation
should be further monitored in
connection with firearm selling, where
the challenges and risks of postal delivery
for bulky weapons seem greater
than small, lightweight and stealthy
drug deliveries.”
PersonsJudith Aldridge