Bethlehem arrest sheds light on ‘dark web’ | Reading Eagle

BETHLEHEM, Pa. After his fiancee died taking drugs that came in the mail, a Florida man took investigators to the “dark web” store where he ordered them.

The investigation that unfolded over the next four months led federal agents to the door of a Bethlehem man who allegedly sold the substances that caused the woman’s death.Jeremy P. Achey’s arrest last month on federal drug charges revealed a possible Lehigh Valley node in a global network of drug dealers moving the trade from the streets to a hidden part of the internet. He was one of 40,000 vendors, prosecutors say, in the dark web’s largest marketplace, where users could anonymously buy illegal drugs, stolen credit card information, firearms and computer hacking tools before federal authorities, working with law enforcement around the world, seized it this month.But other dark web bazaars exist and more are likely to spring up, presenting an ongoing challenge for authorities. The transactions are anonymous and difficult to trace and, law enforcement officials say, they’re a more accessible source for fentanyl and similar powerful narcotics that are fueling the opioid overdose epidemic.”It has opened up certain types of drugs to users who might not have been predisposed to use them,” said Dusty Cladis of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, noting that online sales eliminate the need to meet a dealer face-to-face and remove the fear of being arrested.The potency of drugs such as fentanyl, up to 100 times stronger than morphine, means they can be distributed in small quantities that are easily mailed. That makes them available in places where drugs might have previously been hard to buy.”It’s going to college campuses and military bases — places where it might be hard for traditional hand-to-hand drug transactions to occur,” Cladis said, adding that the locations include small communities that street dealers haven’t reached.Carnegie Mellon University researchers tracked purchases in 35 dark web…

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