12 Jul SA man allegedly imported fentanyl purchased on the Dark Web
A South Australian man who allegedly accessed the Dark Web to import seven packages of illicit drugs has been arrested.
Australian Border Force officers first found a package containing fentanyl powder in March.
Following investigations from the South Australian Joint Agency Ice Strike Team (JAIST), a further six packages were intercepted.
The total importations amounted to approximately 4.8 grams of fentanyl.
Police on Thursday searched the 56-year-old man’s home in Middleton near Victor Harbor and arrested him.
The South Australian Joint Agency Ice Strike Team (JAIST) has charged a 56-year-old Middleton man with allegedly importing multiple consignments of Fentanyl into Australia. https://t.co/LUfxIqLfVe
— AFP (@AusFedPolice) July 12, 2019
It is alleged he purchased the drugs through the Dark Web, a collection of websites notorious for illegal activity that can only be accessed on an encrypted network. It cannot be found using traditional web browsers.
AFP Co-ordinator Operations, Detective Acting Superintendent Andrew Rogers said the importation of fentanyl can be extremely dangerous to parcel handlers and bystanders.
“This investigation should be a lesson to those individuals and groups attempting to import these drugs into Australia,” he said in a statement.
“The AFP and its JAIST partners will target you and will stop you from causing harm to our communities.”
Fentanyl is traditionally used as a pain-relief drug that is safe when prescribed by a medical practitioner.
SA Chief Inspector Tony Crameri said police are concerned about the emerging use of illicit fentanyl, which can be absorbed through skin, inhalation or ingestion.
“Contact with even a minute amount of fentanyl carries a significant risk of accidental opioid overdose,” he said.
The man was bailed to appear in court on 14 August 2019.