LKA: Darkweb Accounts for 40% of Drug Deals in Vorarlberg

Darkweb drug transactions account for up to 40 percent of the drug deals in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, according to an authority on the matter. The claim seems dubious to me though.

Peter Gruber, head of the drug-related crime department at the State Office of Criminal Investigation, said that “all kinds of drugs” are available in Vortharlberg because the demand exists. “Due to the internet and the darknet, of course, we already have the problem that almost all drugs are found in Vorarlberg,” says Gruber.

Wastewater at sewage treatment plants in Vorarlberg is the source of Gruber’s claim about the types of drugs available in the region. Legal drugs, such as alcohol and nicotine, are consumed the most. Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal substance. Marijuana is followed by cocaine, amphetamines, and other stimulants.

Gruber estimated that between 30 and 40 percent of drug deals in Vorarlberg are initiated on the darkweb. The rest, he explained, “take place in person on the street or at other meeting points. (This seems like the logical conclusion about the remainder of the transactions.)

Gruber complained that a new drug dealer would enter the business as soon as the police jailed a different dealer. “Of course, whenever someone is arrested, the next one will gise up,” he said.

I only covered this because the 30 to 40 percent claim seems unusually high. I thought, in most places, purchases on darkweb marketplaces accounted for a single-digit percent of drug trafficking activity.

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27a640e0 Wed, Dec 29, 2021

It’s easy to account for drug dealers on the DN, just dial up their profile on a market and tally that up. On the contrary, any reasonable amount of information about “street dealers,” would likely result in their arrest of said street dealer. Boasting about inflated statistics to illuminate DN dealers based on an already failed attempt at catching street dealers is indeed “dubious,” the product of wasted tax revenue and a big promotion for some knuckle head cop… So how do you have all DN dealers with no street dealers, majority of drug users are smart enough to transact BTC for drugs and successfully receive them, bullshit… only a handful of dealers and maybe a few users are smart enough for that… pretty sure like 100 unvaccinated people just died from Omicron while I wrote this and this wind bad knuckle head cop just got prompted on the people’s tax dollar. The world never ceases to amaze me

997ea930 Fri, Jan 21, 2022

@DNL-you mention that 40% number. Stats for this state could be skewed in that Vorarlberg has the second smallest geographical area, second smallest population density and it borders 3 countries. Maybe buying a bit of plausible deniability is implied in dark web dealings esp if you wind up crossing a border to do your deal. Just thoughts.

e81b26d0 Thu, Jan 20, 2022

Probably would have been more when silk road was still up

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