Three charged over alleged money laundering and drug trafficking on the dark web

Three charged over alleged money laundering and drug trafficking on the dark web

SA Police seized $1 million in cash in connection to the arrests.

South Australia Police have charged two men and a woman with drug trafficking and money laundering after their alleged crimes were exposed on the dark web.

Earlier this week SAPOL detectives and Australian Federal Police searched a home and a business in Adelaide and a property at Kings Park.

Police seized more than $1 million in cash, $700,000 of cryptocurrency, along with drugs that are suspected to be cocaine, LSD, cannabis and steroids.

Police said the drugs have an estimated street value of more than $150,000.

Eight boxes of what appears to be cannabis
A significant amount of what is suspected to be cannabis was also seized.

Two homes and a sports motorcycle, collectively valued at $1.27 million, have also been seized in what police described as the “largest ever seizure of cryptocurrency by SAPOL”.

“People using the dark web as a means to remain anonymous while conducting illicit activities should be warned that SAPOL actively investigates offending across dark web marketplaces,” the statement read.

Four boxes filled with small jars
The boxes of steroids seized by SA Police. 

A 27-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, both from Adelaide, and a 24-year-old man from Kings Park, have been charged with multiple counts of commercial drug trafficking, money laundering and importation of a large commercial quantity of LSD.

A bag containing blocks of a white substance
A bag of what police suspect is cocaine.

All three were remanded in custody after appearing in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

They will face court again on May 24.