Irish Law Enforcement Calls Darknet Drug Trafficking an âOverwhelming Challengeâ
Law enforcement across the world in 2016 struggled to stay ahead of crime on the internet. Major accomplishments, for both regional and international agencies, made headlines many times. However, as the year ended, quarterly reports from law enforcement authorities, police spokespersons, and even government representatives revealed that the âbreaking newsâ cases were not a regular occurrence. Irelandâs GardaÃ (Garda) is one of the branches of law enforcement that admittedly faces an âoverwhelming challenge.â
Brian Roberts, a Detective Sergeant in the Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau of the GardaÃ told thejournal.ie that online drug trade is a âtrend that has developed significantly.â He explained that a street drug dealer and his customers continued to follow the same pattern, year after year. Police have no difficulty tracking the âin real lifeâ drug dealer or customer. Although bits and pieces moved and shifted throughout the years, the connection between physical cash and drugs on the street has bonded to a nearly inseparable level. Only so many aspects of a ârealâ transaction have the ability to changeâto the extent that the online industry has changed, that is.
Not only the GardaÃ started battling the illegal activity on the darknet, Roberts explained. He said that the challenge provided by darknet drug vendors and customersâor any darknet criminalsâbrought a unique element of crime to the GardaÃ. However, he added, not only the GardaÃ faced the âunique challenges.â
Not long ago we wrote of an ex-Federal Police Officer in Germany; the reason the prefix âex-â came before âFederal Police Officerâ consisted of the BKAâs lack of ability to fight cybercrime. âCapacity to fight the Cybercrime on the Internet must also be improved â from the monitoring of the terrorist recruitment to the arms trade in Darknet. A stronger executive police force in all areas is urgently needed,â he told a local news outlet.
Law enforcement in Switzerland, too, reported the current darknet challenges in their path. In another of our recent articles titled âSwiss Authorities Left Powerless Against Online German Weapons Shop,â Bernhard Graser of the Aargau police said, âin theory, everyone can order a weapon online or from the Darknet.â He spoke in reference to a website where anyone could easily buy weapons. German authorities, VitÃ¡ris wrote, tried to shut the site down but ultimately failed.
âDrugs are indeed sold on the open internet, but the real problem stems from the multi-million-euro global drug trade on âDarknetâ marketplaces. Darknets are used for the sale of many illegal commodities and services including firearms and child pornography, but the biggest deal is in drugs, this can be pharmaceutical drugs,â Roberts explained.
The GardaÃ made several power moves in 2014, however. They are among the worldâs leading cybercrime and darknet law enforcement agencies, thanks to and international cooperation with Europol, Interpol, and global law enforcement agencies. âInternational law enforcement operations are continuing to try to tackle these online platforms, which are regarded as the modern era of drug dealing,â he concluded.