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IRISH DEALERS DOING DRUG SALES ONLINE; Shameless pushers using websites.

Byline: GARRETH MACNAMEE Crime Reporter EXCLUSIVE

BRAZEN Irish drug dealers are advertising their stashes for sale online.

A number of people are using websites such as Craiglist, an online classifieds website, to sell marijuana.

They are blatantly stating the type of weed and its strength as well as prices online.

One advertisement reads: "Beautiful bud royal cheese. Message if interested. Meet in north Dublin."

While relatively low-level drug dealers are online, gardai are aware of the trend and it is starting to increase.

Sources told the Irish Mirror: "It is definitely a growing trend and it's happening right under our noses.

"The fact it's mostly cannabis or cannabis resin being advertised online doesn't mean other drugs aren't available. It's the way things are going these days. Everything is going online.

"But if anything it makes apprehending dealers and securing convictions a lot easier.

"If gardai arrest an alleged online dealer, then there will be an electronic footprint right on his computer. It's not the smartest way to go about it.

"It's almost like a really simplified version of The Silk Road but it's much easier for gardai to trace."

The underground website, which was shut down by the FBI in 2013, hosted a sprawling black market bazaar on the internet.

In addition, the Silk Road offered hacking software for sale. Some of the products on offer allowed purchasers to hack into other people's social media, such as Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Date:Sep 19, 2015
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