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Kiwi 'Darknet' drug-buyers targeted

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/11/2016

More than 160 people have been spoken to in regards to the purchase of illegal substances via the darknet, and other websites.

New Zealand Police and Customs, along with law enforcement agencies around the world, took part in Operation Hyperion last week, in effort to target buyers and sellers of illegal drugs over the internet.

The operation has so far resulted in six arrests and 66 formal warnings locally.

"The clear message for people who think they can use the internet to buy illegal drugs and get away with it is that they can't," Manager National High Tech Crime Group Kelly Knight said.

She said the sites aren't secret, and that police can see them too.

"Together with Customs we can track packages down to addresses and individuals."

Among the illegal drugs identified were small amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and cannabis seeds.

More people yet to be contacted by police, as several more investigations are underway.

One person faces 13 importing charges.

A 22-year-old male will appear in the Wellington District Court later this week in relation to a connection with the darknet illegal drug site 'VicUnderworld', which is no longer operating.

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