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Australian federal authorities have laid multiple charges against a 32-year-old woman in Brisbane for buying illicit drugs in the UK United, using bitcoin.
"People should not assume that the black canvas is invisible to Australian agencies," warned Queensland Regional Commander of the Australian Border Force (ABF) Terry Price at the announcement of details of a Joint investigation Friday with the Australian Federal Police.
Both agencies imposed multiple drug import and trafficking charges on a Brisbane woman who allegedly purchased controlled drugs from a dark web portal with cryptocurrency, particularly Bitcoin. . The police alleged that the woman had ordered, paid and organized several shipments of illicit drugs from the United Kingdom.
Authorities first detected "a small amount of MDMA" in a UK package at a Brisbane address in late December 2017. A few weeks later, on Jan. ABF have detected another package containing Fentanyl same Australian address.
An investigation followed and search warrants were finally executed on February 2, which led to the seizure of unknown quantities of MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, oxycodone and dimethylthyltrytamine (DMT) , revealed the announcement.
Brisbane 's wife, who appeared in court on Friday, faces a total of 15 drug – related charges.
"Through close collaboration with our law enforcement partners, we are able to detect imports purchased through these sites [darknet]," said Regional Commander Price, stating that the Australian and British authorities actively monitor drug portals.
Australian authorities have already processed cryptographic drug purchases, confiscating 24,518 bitcoins – less than $ 10 million at the time in 2014 and just under $ 200 million today – and auctioning them of three Bitcoin portfolios belonging to drug traffickers.
Last year, ABF set up a team of "intelligence analysts" specializing in the black cloth to monitor illicit drug trafficking, extremist activities, pornography infant and more. Analysts have also been monitoring large-scale darknet providers that accept crypto-currencies like bitcoin and monero, revealed the ABF in April 2017.
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