Drug Markets remains resilient and becoming more sophisticated. Purity and potency of most drugs have increased.
Dream Market has recently been experiencing a surge in business activities as more vendors choose it over others for advertising their wares, this boom is partly attributed to Nucleus refugees who registered with it following the closure of the latter. Most people prefer buying their items from Dream Market since the vendors are responsive and very helpful, always willing to go beyond their way to ensure clients’ needs are met.
Moreover, Dream Market has been open since 2013 through which time they have managed to gain the trust of many traders. People like doing business here since they feel their money is more secure than when placed on other newer sites, which are usually prone to takedowns. All types of drugs are sold on Dream Market including weed, coke, LSD, shrooms, Zanax, MDMA, steroids and Adderall just to mention a few. Everything you need is right at your fingertips with a wide selection of narcotics and other similar items on sale.
Some dealers are also offering customers free samples for their first purchases to attract more people to their links, one, in particular, is promising the first five clients to register with him 1gm cocaine packs each. Dream Market has also managed to attract more business since sign up is open to everybody without restrictions, plus there are no subscription charges.
Apart from having exclusive access to some of the best drugs on the internet, buyers are also assured of secure and anonymous transactions when purchasing items on Dream Market. Some vendors are offering up to 20% off on all first buys, further boosting business on the darknet market as more people sign up in numbers not wanting to be left out of such fantastic offers.
Furthermore, the fact that this darknet market hides the identity of its users has made it attract lots of people trying to “defeat the system,” or just engage in unlawful activities. Apart from drugs, other products that can be found on the Dream Market, which include credit card details, PayPal passwords, Netflix accounts, imitation ID and cash manufacturers. While the site is filled with tons of illegal items, there are also a few lawful things that can be found here.
The darknet site functions as a free marketplace accessible from various jurisdictions around the world; it doesn’t comply with any regional policy restrictions hence making it attract an international audience. Users can hence find items which aren’t legally offered in their home country; one can then decide whether they want to buy such products or not. However, the site doesn’t allow users to purchase or sell any weapons on its page.
The latest statistics show that there are around 35,000 merchandise listings on Dream Market. They have managed to improve their portfolio mainly through maintaining loyal shoppers and dealers who favor the site’s simplicity, security, and general reliability. Various darknet markets have sprung up and gone over the years, but Dream Market has proved its dependability by remaining active despite continuous takedown attempts by cops.
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During an undercover police investigation dubbed “Operation Skin Deep,” cops arrested 11 suspected drug dealers from New Jersey for operating an online drugs cartel. Their leader was a 31-year-old Lake Hopatcong man called Christopher Castelluzzo. He had earlier been charged with hatching a murder plan against two men after a drugs dispute went wrong, according to court statements.
Attorney General John Hoffman says that the investigation, Operation Skin Deep, was initially meant to be secretive, only targeting cocaine traffickers in Atlantic City. But with time it was discovered that the gang was using the web to sell drugs, as well as regular postal service for distribution of cocaine and other designer drugs.
What started out as a simple operation targeting a single metropolis only, later evolved into a wider investigation reaching far off places like northern New Jersey. Cops dismantled an online mail-order drugs ring that used to make huge profits. Division of Criminal Justice director, Elie Honig, mentioned that by following certain leads they broke down this crime syndicate and established a solid first-degree racketeering charge against the main culprits. One of the narcotics they were caught selling is ethylone, also popularly known as “M” and having similar effects as ecstasy.
It’s alleged that these 11 culprits employed cyber-age tactics to move their drugs across the city, all in a bid to avoid detection by authorities. Nevertheless, cops still maintain that they were typical drug peddlers capable of committing heinous violent crimes in real-life situation, as evidenced by the murder conspiracy charges set against them. Officers seized an estimated $1.2 million from a ring member’s trunk, making it one of the largest ever cash bust in state history. It speaks volumes on the massive illegal profits they were reaping while selling drugs.
If Castelluzzo is found guilty and convicted, he faces a prison sentence of up to 25 yrs. His oldest drugs crime partner was Jose A. Garcia-Hernandez (51) and youngest accomplice Christian Collado (27), amongst others such as an unidentified male only known as “Dre.” All culprits are New Jersey residents.
The drugs cash was found in Shazad Khan’s (32) car trunk back in 2015, marking the biggest ever narcotics money seizure to be made in New Jersey history. Two of the men charged in this case were arrested by police in a parking lot just off Union Turnpike, North Bergen. The takedown occurred on April 24th. Officers found bundles of notes wrapped with duct tape inside a suspect’s car. They went ahead to conduct a house search and found approximately $250,000 in cash, as well as jewelry, gold bars and quarter kilograms of cocaine. In addition, there were several rounds of ammunition, drugs testing kit, firearm silencers, packaging materials and many other related gears.
Castelluzzo was charged alongside Atwell for the murder conspiracy, Atwell was also apparently responsible for running marketing promotions on behalf of their drugs empire, including tracking and managing gross receipts, expenses and dealing directly with customers. As well as keeping an inventory of all drugs being sold. Yet another third conspirator, Aldo T. Lapaix (28), from Absecon, allegedly helped buy narcotics for the cartel to sell and oversaw packaging logistics also. They would transfer classified computer files to Lapaix consisting of customer order lists, individual screen-names, addresses and even the amount/type of narcotics required. Lapaix and his associates named in the conspiracy would then weigh and package drugs, formulate tracking information and mail respective orders.
31-year-old Christopher was charged with first-degree conspiracy to assassinate for an exposed plot to eliminate a former associate, together with that man’s bodyguard in an altercation over drugs, this despite the plan not being executed after all.
During investigation other outsiders from various regions apart from New Jersey were also arrested, specifically Jose Ruvalcaba (28) of California and Jamaal Johnson (30) from Maryland. They have directly been connected to Castelluzzo’s drugs network. Official indictments against the ringleader were first obtained on Thursday 3rd March, though it wasn’t announced until Monday since detectives are still putting together pieces of the case by seeking out several defendants who largely remain anonymous. A ruling is yet to be made concerning the case, though chances are high that Castelluzzo will be convicted considering the magnitude of his crimes.
Guardian Australia is partnering with the Global Drug Survey, as part of a global effort to gather information and evidence about drug use, related attitudes and treatment. The partnership seeks to contract thousands of Australians in what is dubbed the most comprehensive study of drug-use habits in the world.
In 2014, more than 4,000 Australians joined hands with more than 100,000 people from different countries to take part in the survey. The survey was founded in 2011, by Adam Winstock – a top consultant addictions psychiatrist.
For the first time ever, the Global Survey is joining hands with Guardian Australia this year. The results of the survey are expected to provide a clear picture of how drugs are being used in Australia and the people that are using them. The results of the survey are also going to be compared with those that are taken in other countries around the world.
Adam, who has previously worked in Australia and the United Kingdom, said the results had given an insight into some of the places where people get their drugs; the drugs that are becoming very popular, the drugs that are commonly linked with emergency medical treatment; and common attitudes towards drug use.
Adam also added that the survey also provided researchers with concrete evidence that could be used against government statements, which could at times skew a drugs-issue scale. He noted that while ice (crystal meth) is still a matter of public health concern and is clogging up emergency resources in Australia, it allows governments to keep on saying, “Here is a huge problem, and we have the ability to make it better.”
Adam said, “In short, the only statements you ever come across in the news is that drugs are causing disasters and chaos, and this has therefore become a way of political parties to ‘act’ tough and grandstanding.”
A national ice taskforce was launched in April by the federal government. And, while the use of methamphetamine has remained unchanged at about 2 percent of the population, the survey indicates users are by far favoring ice (the most potent form). Its potency means that users are more likely to harm themselves as well as other people. However, the research indicates that a far bigger proportion of the population has problems with cannabis, alcohol, and prescription medicines.
There are some people who used drugs but never ended up being addicts and others who wanted more info about the drugs they used. Adam noted that hearing from this group was important in understanding the drug interaction among most Australians.
The survey is independent and not in any way funded by the government. It is totally about offering evidence as well as information meant to be of benefit to the public.
The 2015 survey brought to light the number of people buying drugs online via the “darknet” – an online network that requires special software in order to access.
Over 11,750 respondents claimed to have bought drugs online, and 2,938 of those said they did so in the year 2014. The data showed a year-on-year rise, and consumers reported it is a safer and better way to purchase drugs than on the streets.
The darknet isn’t going away soon, and its appeal to Australians is very huge. In fact, most people started purchasing drugs online than ever before in 2014, despite the closure of Silk Road in 2013.
Silk Road was the first major and most popular online drugs website, but was closed down in October 2013 by the FBI. Following its closure, Ross Ulbricht (its creator), was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2015 for his role in the website. The FBI claimed that over 100,000 people had used the website to purchase drugs.
The survey also pointed out the harm brought about by “designer drugs” – synthetic products produced as substitutes to drugs like LSD and cannabis and which aim to emulate their effects.
According to the researchers taking part in the survey, the best argument for Australia drug law reforms may be the existence of synthetic drugs. The survey found that synthetic cannabis products are more likely to cause people to seek emergency medical treatment compared to any other drug. Actually, 65% of those who attempted to stop using drugs reported withdrawal symptoms according to the research.