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World Drugs: Five arrests in a family that trapped on the Darknet

17:05  08 may  2021
17:05  08 may  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Cinq membres d'une même famille, suspectés de trafic de drogue sur le darknet, ont été arrêtés à la fin du mois d'avril. Quatre d'entre eux ont été mis en examen, dont deux placés en détention provisoire et un sous contrôle judiciaire. © AFP Five members of the same family, suspected of drug trafficking on the Darknet, were arrested at the end of April. Four of them were indicted, two of which placed in pre-trial detention and a judicial under review.

It is a true family SME that the investigators have identified. Five members of a family were arrested at the end of April in Haute-Savoie and in the Loire, suspected of drug trafficking on the "Darknet", announced Friday the gendarmerie.

In July 2018, a suspicious profile had been spotted on encrypted Internet networks, "at the origin of a significant number of drugs of narcotics in France but also abroad: United States, Australia, Taiwan," says the same source. The investigators had lost his trace but had found him early 2020 on an encrypted courier. The specialized interregional jurisdiction of Lyon, competent in organized crime, then entrusted investigations to specialized gendarmes in the Lyonnaise Research Section (SR).

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A clandestine laboratory of manufacture

related to the American customs and the judicial police helve, they discovered that orders were sent from France or Switzerland by Delivery companies or by post depending on the volume, type of products (MDMA, heroin and cocaine) and the nature of the packaging.

On April 27, a sixty gendarmes from the Lyon SR as well as the groups of the Loire and Haute-Savoie intervened to interpelle two women and three men, belonging to the same family, in these two departments. A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture and processing of narcotics synthesis has been discovered.

"A minimum profit of 2 million euros since 2018"

"We have been dealing with a family composed of five people, parents, children ...", confirms in Europe 1 Colonel Laurent Lesaffre, who Order the Lyon's research section. "There was the one who was in charge of the manufacture and transformation of the products, the one who was responsible for packing the products and the one who was responsible for sending them, to put them at post", "he still details . This family, he said, made by these maneuvers very important benefits. "It is estimated that it has grown a minimum of 2 million euros since 2018."

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on Europe 1, Colonel Laurent Lesaffre also indicates that the particularity of this network is that, working on the Dark Web, "they were paid mainly in crypto-currency, especially with Bitcoins". And conclude: "We have already been able to grasp the equivalent of 500,000 euros in bitcoins".

Four of the suspects indicted

The searches also made it possible to enter 28,000 euros in cash, as well as 9.4 kilos and 3.5 liters of MDMA, 22 kilos of precursor products, 1.5 kilo of cannabis heads, 625 Resin grams, 65 grams of crack and 18,400 cachets of ecstasy. Some of these products were conditioned in a hundred envelopes ready to be shipped, adds the gendarmerie.

Following their presentation at the Magistrate Instructor, four of the suspects were indicted, including two pre-trial detention and a judicial under review. The last will be summoned later by the judge in charge of the case.

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