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Crypto Exchanges Involved In Cocaine Trafficking Closed In Australia

11:09 11/03/2019
Australian Police Shuts Down Drug-Related Crypto Exchanges

Australian law enforcement agencies froze the operation of two digital exchanges involved in drug trafficking, according to the website of the federal police.


The crypto exchanges, whose names are not disclosed, were shut down during the investigation of an organized criminal syndicate. At the same time, the police arrested a 27-year-old man, the head of the syndicate, who sold illicit drugs on several darknet sites for bitcoins.


The arrested drug dealer appears as a key person in the activities of the two crypto exchanges. Therefore, the Australian Transaction Reporting and Analysis Center (Austrac) decided to take away their licenses and prevent the legal operation of these trading platforms.


Law enforcers conducted searches in the suburbs of Melbourne and seized steroids, local fiat currency, and cryptocurrency, as well as cars and other property worth $2 million. The arrested man is accused of importing and storing 30 kg of various types of drugs, including cocaine. The police will also search for individuals who helped to smuggle the prohibited substances across the border and by international mail.


Last fall, a Sydney resident was prosecuted for stealing 100,000 XRP tokens from a 56-year-old man. The crypto from his wallet disappeared in January 2018, worth more than $450,000 at the moment. It is assumed that the woman hacked the user's mail and got access to his account, then stole the tokens, exchanged them to bitcoins in one of the Chinese platforms and distributed the funds between multiple wallets.


According to law enforcers, this was the first time in Australian history when a person was arrested for a crime in the crypto sphere.


Previously, the Austrac started testing automatic reports on blockchain.

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