The Vienna State Police Office has announced the arrest of a Vienna couple that allegedly purchased and resold drugs on the darknet. The police believe the couple purchased Ecstasy, amphetamine, methamphetamine and other drugs on the dark web and resold them to buyers from Austria and Germany. The couple was investigated by drug investigators of the Vienna State Police Office charged with fighting against cross-border drug trafficking. The investigations against the couple’s drug trafficking operation were initiated following interceptions of drug packages coming out of Vienna. In the course on the inquiry, the investigators confiscated packages with drugs that amounted to 500g of amphetamine, 400 ecstasy tablets and about 10 g of cocaine.
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The intercepted drug packages were on their way to buyers in either Germany or other parts of Austria. Further investigations on the seized drug packages pointed the investigators in the couple’s direction. On the morning of September 19, 2019, the police executed a search warrant on the couple’s apartment in Brigittenau, Vienna. In the search the cops found and seized 600 ecstasy pills, 73g of amphetamine, 35g of methamphetamine, 53g of marijuana, 13 LSD trips and trace amounts of cocaine and cannabis resin. The search ended in the arrest of the two Austrians, a 32-year-old man, and a 28-year-old woman. The couple whose names the police failed to disclose remains in police custody as they await trial. If found guilty of trafficking drugs for commercial purposes, the couple could be imprisoned for 1-10 years.
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The strategic location of Austria makes it essential in the distribution of drugs. Growth in the use of darknet drug markets and their dependence on mail for delivery of drugs has increased the use of Vienna International Airport. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) Austrian law enforcement agencies prioritize international joint operations that fight against darknet drug trafficking.
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