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The accused managed to evade arrest for two years as he only used cryptocurrency as payment for his products (Representative Image). &nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspGetty Images


Key Highlights

  • Last week, Dipu Singh, the kingpin of an international drug racket was arrested from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dipu Singh had been operating the racket on the dark web and he used cryptocurrency as the mode of payment
  • Singh had been operating the business from the last two years

Lucknow: A man was arrested from the Alambagh area in Lucknow for allegedly operating an international drug racket. The accused allegedly used the dark web to sell the narcotics to his customers. The 21-year-old accused has been identified as Dipu Singh. 

Singh is the son of a retired PCS officer and has pursued a degree in hotel management. Last week, Dipu was arrested by officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Delhi. 

Dipu’s arrest and interrogation led to several shocking revelations. After arresting Singh, the officials also confiscated 12,000 psychotropic tablets that were marked as medicine and fitness supplements. The accused allegedly used to sell drugs under the garb of medicine. 

Failed business and arrest

The accused managed to evade arrest for two years as he only used cryptocurrency as payment for his products. The accused had initially started an online business, but after the failure of the same, he started shipping narcotics to Europe. Singh only conducted his business on the dark web.

After Singh’s arrest, the sleuths seized a consignment which had been sent to Romania. The consignment did not have the ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) details. The payments relating to the same had also been made online. The officials in Romania confiscated the consignment and traced its roots back to India. 

An NCB officer told The Times of India, “We checked the source of the parcel and found the kingpin’s address in Lucknow. ” After learning about the accused, the officials of the NCB formed a surveillance team and arrested him. 

In 2018, Singh became friends with a person online and switched to the dark web. He started selling his products on the dark web and earned profits worth crores. The NCB officials said that they are trying to find the channel through which the accused accessed the dark web. The officials said that all vendors on the dark web are listed in codes and that efforts are being made to crack this code. 



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