Drugs and New Technologies Issue 4, April 2015

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Author: Joe Van Buskirk, Amanda Roxburgh, Raimondo Bruno, Lucy Burns

Resource Type: Drugs and New Technologies (DNeT) Bulletins

Key findings

Two large marketplaces remain in the wake of Operation Onymous: Agora and Evolution, with many of the other, smaller marketplaces seeing an increase in retailer numbers following the operation.
 
Cannabis and pharmaceuticals continued to be the most commonly sold substances across all marketplaces, followed by MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine), cocaine and NPS, with slight variations in rank across marketplaces.
 
Twenty three marketplaces were actively monitored over the period, eleven of which were first identified during the current monitoring period.
 
• By the final data point in this bulletin twelve marketplaces had been closed, either as a result of Operation Onymous, scams, or other reasons, reinforcing the volatility of these marketplaces.