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Dark web drug dealers get 56 years in jail:The five members of prolific dark web drug dealing group have been jailed for a total of 56 years following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation.

Londoners Basil Assaf, Elliot Hyams, Jaikishen Patel, all 26, and James Roden, 25 were students at Manchester University when they began selling drugs on the notorious Silk Road website.

Junior member Joshua Morgan, 28, of Manchester, was paid to package drugs for the group.

Silk Road, modelled on sites such as eBay and Amazon, was on a part of the internet known as the dark web and was used to sell a variety of illicit goods, though it was most well-known for drug sales.

Led by Assaf, the group moved their small-time drug dealing operation on to Silk Road in May 2011 and were soon running one of its most successful businesses.

Under the brand-name Ivory they sent drugs including LSD, ecstasy, 2CB, ketamine and valium to buyers around the world.

Over the course of 6,305 individual sales, the students sent almost 17kg of liquid ecstasy, equivalent to 240,000 tablets, through the post to buyers.

They also sent more than 1.2kg of 2CB and more than 1.4kg of ketamine. They sent LSD both in small bottles and in individual doses on paper, stamps and sweets.

They netted at least $1.14m (about £812,000), though where possible they took cash or crypto currencies, meaning the total value of sales is likely to be considerably greater.

The online shop funded a luxury lifestyle for the group including holidays in the Bahamas and Jamaica, as well as weekends partying with suppliers in Amsterdam.

But the party atmosphere eventually gave way to vicious infighting, with Assaf sacking Hyams over his unreliability and Hyams making off with a large quantity of drugs as compensation.

In a bitter text exchange Assaf said to Hyams: “I won’t hesitate to ruin your life. Your mother will find out the truth.”

Assaf followed through on the threat, texting Hyams’s mother details of his drug dealer lifestyle.

 

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Dark web drug dealers get 56 years in jail:The five members of prolific dark web drug dealing group have been jailed for a total of 56 years following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation.