A Slovakian man by the name Juraj was recently taken into custody and charged with the distribution and manufacturing of marijuana.
While this cannot necessarily be considered a dangerous drug, authorities were quick to arrest and prosecute the young 24-year old in an attempt to deal with the gradually growing menace of drug trafficking through the dark web.
The authorities declined to offer much information citing that the investigation is still ongoing.
Nonetheless, law enforcement officials noted that Juraj was in possession of a substantive amount of marijuana with the precise amount being 25 seedlings and approximately 10 kg of the “finished product.” The suspect conducted his distributing activities on various marketplaces in the dark web, although his primary base was Dream Market.
The Slovakian authorities admitted that it was quite challenging to track down Juraj mainly because of his utilization of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, along with anonymity services to access the dark web.
The authorities posted their successful crackdown in a Facebook post.
In the post, they explained that between September 2016 and the time of arrest, the suspect grew marijuana from his home in Trenčín.
Juraj was apparently operating a large-scale operation on Dream Market that involved shipping his products to various countries, among them Germany, France, the U.K., Hungary and Turkey, just to mention but a few.
What’s more, the authorities in their report identified that he used special envelopes to disguise the drugs he was sending to his various Dream Market customers using the postal service.
Immediately, the Slovakian law enforcement team narrowed down his location and the courts issued a residential search—this was how the authorities managed to gather enough evidence to not only arrest the suspect but also to charge him.
Moreover, they also discovered digital evidence that directly pointed towards his dark web activities, leading the authorities to “CzechoSlovakFarm,” a vendor account which he used on Dream Market to conduct his sales.
Juraj perfectly fits the profile of “CzechoSlovakFarm,” a Dream Market vendor who was involved in the sale of several premium cannabis strains.
In line with the Dream Market profile the police were using, the said vendor shipped the products from the same location, as per his additional vendor profile on Valhalla Market.
Finally, after his arrest, a look at the Dream Market vendor profile “CzechoSlovakFarm” indicated that customers who had made orders even days before the arrest had reported that they never received anything from the said vendor.
One user also expressed this on the DarkNetMarkets subReddit, which further indicated that Juraj was indeed CzechoSlovakFarm on Dream Market.
Rise of Darknet Drug Trafficking in Slovakia
According to recent reports, Slovakia has slowly emerged as a suitable spot for the booming of dark web drug trafficking, after the discovery that these drugs are bought at higher rates in the nation.
Nonetheless, in a research report conducted by the Slovakian government between the years 2013 and 2016, authorities have established a theory on the distribution of narcotics across the dark web.
This study reveals that it is challenging for authorities to keep track of illegal activity in the dark web.
And this is because of the anonymity capabilities of the exclusive Tor network, as well as digital currencies such as Bitcoin.
The report also suggests that the main reason for the gradual shift of paradigms with drugs moving from the streets to the dark web is because the latter offers clients a diverse assortment of drug options from which to choose from.
As for Juraj, the Slovakian authorities have estimated the overall value of the marijuana which was found in the Dream Market vendor’s apartment to be around $120,000.
This was after quantifying the total amount of marijuana that was found, and using its value per gram to estimate (each gram costs between $10 and $12).