NCB arrests ‘darknet’ narcotics vendor, seizes 55000 tablets


The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday has arrested the country’s first ‘darknet’ narcotics operative who was responsible for allegedly shipping a huge number of psychotropic drugs to foreign countries in a clever and secret manner.


As per reports, the narcotics operative have been identified as  Dipu Singh who used to allegedly ship psychotropic drugs in the garb of sex stimulation drugs.


According to the NCB, Singh used to ship to countries like the USA, UK, Romania, Spain and some European nations using the dark web.


Singh is the son of a retired Army officer and was a hotel management graduate from Amity University in Lucknow.


The 21-year-old man was arrested by the sleuths of the Delhi zonal unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from Lucknow recently.


After conducting raids at Singh’s residence at Alam Bagh area in Lucknow, the NCB recovered 12,000 tablets of various psychotropic drugs.


NCB deputy director general (operations) Rajesh Nandan Srivastava said that Singh initially began with shipping medicines related to erectile dysfunction and fitness supplements to overseas locations using the dark internet facility, but later shifted to transacting in psychotropic drugs under this garb seeing the profit margin in this illegal trade.


“Singh is a major player on the darknet. His listings were found in one of the biggest and most reliable darknet markets like Empire Market and Majestic Garden,” he added.


Moreover, the NCB seized a total of 55000 tablets as a part of the two-month-long operation ‘Operation Trance’ that was launched in December last year with an aim to recover illegal drugs that were cleverly being shipped using the dark web.


Apart from NCB, some international agencies are also a part of this operation.