The Internet is becoming increasingly popular among individuals and organised crime groups as a platform for trafficking synthetic drugs. The role of the Internet in the facilitation of trafficking has gained attention since the closure of several Clearnet and darknet websites, also known as marketplaces. Synthetic drugs are sold on social media, Clearnet websites and the darknet. Online trafficking may have a significant impact on the overall trafficking of drugs.
Some of the key reasons for trafficking synthetic drugs online include:
Administrators: Administrators are responsible for ensuring that a marketplace runs efficiently.
Vendors: Vendors are drug suppliers who sell their products on the marketplace. They usually do this by setting up their own seller pages.
Buyers: Buyers are the individuals who buy the drugs advertised. Buyers also provide feedback after making purchases and engage in discussions on various blogs and forums.
Mules: Mules are those who deliver the drugs to their destination.