More than 51 kilos of marijuana are alleged to have been sold by suspected drug dealers on the Internet. Charges have now been filed against two men and one woman, according to the Bavarian Cybercrime Central Office in Bamberg. They face up to 15 years in prison.
Investigators tracked down the suspects from Baden-Württemberg on the darknet – an area of the Internet where users can move almost anonymously. Under the name “Lena’s Bioladen” they allegedly operated a drug trade on three platforms. There, “buyers from all over Germany as well as neighboring countries could order cannabis products, which were then delivered to them by mail,” according to investigators.
The investigation had started in October 2018, when cybercrime experts from Upper Franconia had come across the online store on the Darknet. The trace analysis had led to Neu-Ulm. From there, the store operators are said to have sent 8,723 packages with prohibited content. The investigators assume that they earned more than 740,000 euros with the store. Under trade names such as “Lena’s Cheese” or “Lena’s Hawaiian Snow,” the drugs had been sold and delivered between September 2017 and March 2020.
The two men, aged 32 and 42, have been in custody since late July. Meanwhile, investigators are also targeting the 34-year-old wife of one of the suspects, who is said to have primarily brought drug packages to the post office. The trio is accused in the indictment of gang trafficking in narcotics. The law provides for a prison sentence of five to 15 years. The defendants have not yet commented on the charges.
In the meantime, the federal cabinet has initiated an expansion of investigative powers. In future, investigating authorities are to be able to ask the postal services when, where and by whom a parcel with suspected illegal contents is posted or delivered. Bavaria’s Justice Minister Georg Eisenreich (CSU) welcomed the plan in a statement.