You had to figure that with the rate that technology is automating everything, that eventually there would be a substantial change in criminal activity, specifically drug dealing.
A professor at Carnegie Mellon Universitysays that Canadians are among the top sellers and buyers of marijuana, steroids, cocaine and other drugs available at the click of a mouse on an anonymous website that functions like a black market version of eBay.
The website, called Silk Road, uses a digital currency to protect online purchases, and software to conceal users’ identities online, making it very difficult for law enforcement agents to locate the site’s servers or its participants. It is apparently doing $1.9 million per month is sales.
According to his research, which looked at the sales activity on Silk Road for eight months between end of 2011 and 2012,Canada ranks fifth in a list of top 12 most frequent shipping origins and destinations, accounting for about six per cent of both.
Marijuana is the top selling drug on the website, accounting for 13.7 per cent of sales.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public Safety said websites like Silk Road demonstrate the need for strong law and border enforcement and collaboration with international partners.
However, an RCMP spokesman said the force does not monitor anonymous websites.
Cracking down onSilk Roadhas proved to be a challenge to law enforcement in many countries.
Many buyers receive their purchases through private shipping companies, but packages are often delivered via registered mail.Silk Road’s operators advise sellers to make shipments in vacuum-sealed bags to avoid drug-detecting dogs.
A spokeswoman for Canada Border Services Agency said that they visually screen all goods coming into the country to determine if they pose safety threats, but due to the high volume and manual nature of mail processing they use “risk management principles” to alleviate the process.
If you would like to try it out, go to local police.com throw my butt in jail. Remember to include you name, address, phone number and when you will be available to receive a visit, no I mean a package.