Police are investigating a ‘dark web’ site trading in illegal and prescription drugs – supposedly being run by three Wellington computer science students.
Party drugs – painkillers and fake doctors’ scripts are for sale on NZ Underworld – claimed to have been started by Victoria University students who have challenged police to catch them if they can.
The anonymous marketplace currently has about 150 members – who join by invitation only. About three new users joined each day and were vetted online to keep out undercover police – the founders claimed.
Victoria University said it did not know who ran the site but had expressed concerns to police.
A police spokeswoman said the National Cyber Crime Centre could be called in to help the investigation.
‘We cannot go into further detail due to the nature of the investigation. However suffice to say that anyone who uses the internet to sell or distribute controlled drugs is committing an offence and should be aware that police will continue to investigate illegal activity online’.
The founders of the site claim to be part of a counter-culture movement bridging a gap in supply and demand.