Online sales of illegal drugs have tripled since Silk Road closure

Online drug sales have tripled since Silk Road was shut down in 2013, according to a report by NBC.

Ross William Ulbricht was convicted in 2015 for creating and operating the website, which prosecutors said enabled drug dealers worldwide to reach customers.

Copycat sellers were not deterred by Silk Road’s closure, stated the report, and since then 50 “cryptomarkets and vendor shops” used to trade illegal drugs have opened.

“The research, which was commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice, examined data from January and found dealers in the United States had the largest market share with 35.9%, followed by the United Kingdom at 16.1%, and Australia at 10.6%,” said NBC.

Marijuana was the top seller in January – 33% of drug sales online.

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