Two arrested on suspicion of drug offences on the Dark Web

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply heroin on the Dark Web by officers from the Cyber and Dark Web Unit, part of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).   

A total of five warrants were carried out yesterday (26/7) as part of this investigation. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and Hampshire Constabulary assisted SEROCU officers with searches at addresses in Portsmouth; Isle of Wight; Hackney and Walthamstow.   

A man, aged 34 from the Isle of Wight, and a man, aged 41 from London, were arrested and have been released under investigation.  

Detective Inspector Rob Bryant from SEROCU’s Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said: “This is an ongoing investigation and our action sends out a clear message to organised criminal groups who are using the Dark Web to commit such offences, that crime really doesn’t pay.  

“We continue to work in partnership with the National Crime Agency, US Law Enforcement and our regional and force colleagues to identify and investigate those using the Dark Web.  

“Anyone who is selling drugs on the Dark Web should realise that we will find them and we will look to prosecute them. The wider impact of drug dealing causes untold damage to people’s lives and we will take every opportunity to disrupt this criminal activity to protect the communities of the South East from harm.” 

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for the Dark Web, Detective Chief Inspector Phil Donnelly, said: “The regional Dark Web Teams, which form part of the UK Dark Web Intelligence Collaboration and Exploitation (UKDICE), are having a real impact on disrupting organised criminal activity on the Dark Web.

“Criminals should not see the Dark Web as a safe place where police cannot touch them.  

“Our highly trained and capable officers and staff are actively taking down Dark Web operations on a daily basis and the South East team have played an integral role in this ongoing investigation.”  

If you have any information about people committing drug offences in your community, please report it to your local police force by calling 101 or visit their website to report it online. You can also report 100% anonymously using the independent charity Crimestoppers’ line on 0800 555 111.