Police bust $2.26 million dark net drug ring in Finland

A multimillion European dark net drug ring was busted and shut down in Finland this week, according to the Finnish publication Yle  Uutiset.

Officials say three Finns with “exceptional IT skills” ran a smuggling operation worth €2 million ($2.26 million) that brought 40,000 ecstasy tablets, 30,000 LSD tabs, and 40 kilograms of other drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and more into Finland.

The allegedly two-year old operation began on Silk Road 2.0, the defunct reincarnation of the original Silk Road dark net market. Authorities say the smugglers brought drugs from Germany and the Netherlands into Finland, concealing them in the wilderness among other places.

Here’s a birdhouse used as a smuggling point, according to customs:

 

Finnish customs/HS.fi

“The action was very professional,” Customs official Hannu Sinkkonen told HS.

Finnish customs officials released several screenshots and photos of the operation.

 

Finnish customs/HS.fi

 

Finnish customs/HS.fi

 

Finnish customs/HS.fi

H/T Yle | Contact the author: Patrick Howell O’Neill, [email protected]

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Patrick Howell O'Neill is a notable cybersecurity reporter whose work has focused on the dark net, national security, and law enforcement. A former senior writer at the Daily Dot, O'Neill joined CyberScoop in October 2016. I am a cybersecurity journalist at CyberScoop. I cover the security industry, national security and law enforcement.