New Insights on the role of the darknet in the drug markets from Europol and EMCDDA

Mar 05, 2018

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New Insights on the role of the darknet in the drug markets from Europol and EMCDDA

The joint report from EMCDDA and Europol summarises the current knowledge about the functioning and characteristics of darknet markets and provides potential countermeasures for policymakers and law enforcement professionals involved in the fight against this phenomenon, focusing on the European Union level. Main key findings from the analysis outline that:

  • Even though, volumes of drugs trafficked on cryptomarkets remain modest if compared to the offline market, this market seems to be expanding and has the potential to grow;
  • NPS, mostly despatched from the United Kingdom, seem to be sold in much lower quantities than traditional illicit drugs, specifically than stimulant drugs that represent the majority of all European drug sales;
  • Most of drug transactions are observed at the retail level and mostly concern cannabis and cocaine, whereas mid-level sales mainly regard MDMA and Opioids.

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