Australian man charged with drug trafficking, money laundering

Australian man charged with drug trafficking, money laundering

South Australian police have charged a 26-year-old man with drug trafficking and money laundering offences he has committed on the so-called dark web.

Police allege that a 25-year-old man from Adelaide Hills was operating several vendor profiles on the dark web selling a variety of drugs.

detective Superintendent Adam Rice said the synthetic opioid 'Nitazene' was among the drugs seized, which was 'particularly of concern'.

The alleged nitazene seized is still to be tested and weighed and police believe the quantities were the largest seized in Australia to date.

SA Health released warnings about protonitazene in July after two confirmed overdoses and another two suspect cases, including a death where the drug was'suspected to have played a role'.

There's no evidence that there is a direct link between the alleged dark web vendor and the death, Rice said.

Rice said an investigation was planned early this year to target the activities of an online dark web vendor trafficking in illegal drugs.

Police seized a large amount of illegal drugs, cash, cryptocurrency and electronic devices from a residential address and two storage units in the Hills in September.

Rice said that the operation netted the accused a significant amount of money, with payment allegedly made in cryptocurrency.

He said that he seized about $1.5 million in cryptocurrency, and smaller amounts of cash, tens of thousands in cash.

SA Police said the 25-year-old man has been remanded in custody and will appear in court at a later date.