Purchasing crack online carries a twofold risk. First, law enforcement is growing increasingly internet savvy, cracking down on such purchases. Second, there is no oversight on what a dealer actually sends to a given buyer.
There is a black-market trend of people purchasing illicit drugs online via various websites.
This type of business was once booming too. Before one of the largest sites on the dark web was shut down by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it was raking in over $1.2 billion in illegal sales.
The dark web is essentially a part of the internet that regular search engines cannot reach. Not all of this cyber real estate is for crime, but crime that does operate on the dark web is harder for law enforcement and other regulators to track or control.
A big draw to the dark web for both benign or criminal users is that it usually allows a level of privacy from governments and corporations that are not seen on the regular internet.
It is no wonder that some users turn to the dark web to buy drugs. Not having to meet a dealer in person may seem easier and safer.
Beyond the regular reasons that abusing drugs is unwise, there are added reasons you should be careful when making this type of purchase online. It is important to understand the legal, financial, and health risks associated with illegally buying drugs online.
That fact that crack cocaine is cut with cheaper substitutes is not unique to the drug nor online purchases. Purchasing crack online, however, adds a level of distance between you and a retailer that can’t really be denied. For the same reason it may feel safer for you to commit a crime online, the black-market retailer may feel safer to cut costs more often and with more dangerous practices than if their customers know their general location.
This flows into the second point about online illicit purchases: there is no way of punishing a dealer who rips you off. A dealer can send dangerously cut drugs, an item you never ordered, or even nothing at all, and you have very little recourse. Increasingly, big black-market sites are being shut down by law enforcement agencies.
While it is good these sites are shutting down, they had systems in place, not unlike Amazon’s star system, to keep dealers “honest.” Now those big sites are disappearing and being replaced by smaller sites, led by small and mostly unknown criminals, that may have no such system and no good way to check the claims of its sellers.
With all this in mind, it is no wonder that scams are growing in number. As users seek a fix online, they have to “outrun” law enforcement, as the FBI and similar organizations shut down the most popular sites. This increases the likelihood that a user will turn to increasingly sketchier websites.
If you give your information to the wrong people, they may have your name, address, credit card information, and at least some of your money before you realize they are not sending anything. All the while, they may have digital proof that you attempted to commit a crime.
Finally, law enforcement officials are digital-tech educated and experienced. While the dark web is still very much a haven for a great deal of criminal activity, law enforcement agencies are deep into detecting the people hosting black-market websites and those who buy products from them.
Some people believe in harm-reduction practices. The idea is that people will continue to purchase crack online despite all the warnings not to. Since the practice is ongoing, there are some definite steps people can do to be a bit safer.
First, consider buying a testing kit for cocaine. It is almost impossible to test crack for every chemical it could be cut with, but you can buy kits online that can at least test for some of the most common cutting agents that are dangerous. Make sure you are buying the kit from a legitimate manufacturer.
Levamisole is a dangerous cutting agent. This drug can be used to cut cocaine, including crack, and it can cause neutropenia, kidney injury, and more. The more of this drug you take, the more you risk a serious and even fatal outcome.
If you order from the same dealer regularly, know that it is likely they cut their crack with the same materials repeatedly. This means you may be chronically consuming hazardous additives.
Be extremely careful what information you give to a website. You are going to, at the very least, be offering some form of money and an address that is either where you live or where you get your mail. This can put you in a very perilous situation.
Research the organization you are giving this information to as best you can. You could potentially be pulled into danger or financial risk.
Ultimately, Whether purchased online or on the street, crack is an incredibly harmful drug.
Buying drugs online is a bad idea. Buying crack cocaine online is a worse idea. The only way to keep yourself safe is to avoid crack use. Crack is damaging to the body even when not contaminated with dangerous cutting agents. If you feel you cannot stop abusing drugs, you should seek professional help.
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