Three people have been charged over their alleged involvement in the online supply of prohibited drugs through the dark web.
As part of the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad, detectives investigated the online supply of prohibited drugs in the Lake Macquarie area as part of Strike Force Alaine.
From 4pm yesterday search warrants were executed at two properties at Swansea, and at a storage facility at Caves Beach. Officers attached to the Lake Macquarie Police District and Northern Region Operation Support Group (OSG) assisted in the searches.
A 47-year-old man, and a 42-year-old-woman were arrested at a residence on Lakeside Drive in Swansea and were taken to Belmont police station.
A 30-year-old man was later arrested at a George Street residence and taken to Toronto police station.
During searches police seized more than 100 liters of THC-based chemicals, 15kg of lollipops believed to be laced with a prohibited drug, electronic devices, and other items. The seized items will undergo forensic examination.
Investigations into the bank accounts of those arrested also uncovered more than 1.6 million in cryptocurrency derived from the sale of drugs on the dark web.
The man and woman, 47 and 42 were charged with three counts of knowing supply psychoactive substance for human consumption, eight counts of supply prohibited drug more than indictable amount, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, knowingly or recklessly direct criminal group assist crime, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity. Both were refused bail.
The man, 30, was charged with three counts of knowingly supply psychoactive substance for human consumption, eight counts of supply prohibited drug more than indictable amount, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and was granted conditional bail to appear at Belmont Local Court on 20 April 2022.
In a statement, Gordon Arbinja Cybercrime Squad Commander- Detective Acting Superintendent said that these arrests should serve as a warning that “police are well equipped to deal with anyone engaging in illicit activity on the dark web.”
Investigations are ongoing.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.