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Graphic: Which Countries Sell Which Drugs on the “Dark Web”?


Even with Silk Road shut down, many people are buying illicit drugs online. Where do they all come from?

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The so-called “dark web” or “deep web” is the Amazon.com for illicit goods, accessibly only via encrypted networks, where tech-savvy people can find everything from fake IDs and guns to—more commonly—drugs. Since the most famous such site, Silk Road, was shut down by the FBI last year, many new marketplaces have stepped into the void. Though drugs on the dark web are (obviously) sold anonymously, Vocative has impressively sorted through the locations from which items are shipped to compile some graphs (below), illustrating  which drugs tend to originate in which countries.

The Netherlands turns out to be the number one seller of MDMA, with Germany close behind. But, though Amsterdam is known for pot, ‘Murica is shipping more than twice as much marijuana as its nearest competitor, Germany. The USA is also No. 1 for shipping LSD (followed by the UK) and cocaine (followed by the Netherlands).

Keep in mind these numbers aren’t perfect, and they don’t take into account all of the illegal drug deals happening offline around the world. But the information is fascinating all the same.

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