An old fable says that a frog tossed into a pot of boiling water will jump out, but a frog put in a pot of lukewarm water will not perceive the gradual temperature changes and be cooked to death.
This cautionary tale demonstrates how people grow accustomed to gradually increasing threats to their environment. For example, the often-gradual transition between selling drugs to friends and dealing drugs full-time.
In many instances, people get into drug dealing because of a highly influential friend. That friend makes them believe that the temperature inside the pot of water is comfortable. It doesn’t take long, however, until the water begins to boil.
Dealing on the dark web
For years, buyers and sellers felt relative safety exchanging illegal goods on the dark web: a part of the internet only accessible with an anonymizing browser called Tor.
According to Darren Guccione, expert in cybersecurity, “The Tor browser routes your web page requests through a series of proxy servers operated by thousands of volunteers around the globe, rendering your IP address unidentifiable and untraceable.”
Now, even the water in the dark web is starting to boil.
Federal crack down
In 2013, the FBI shut down Silk Road, known by dark web users as “eBay for Drugs”. At the time of the shutdown, the assets, all in Bitcoin, were worth about $29 million. The founder, Ross Ulbricht, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance of parole.
Just this past June, undercover Homeland Security investigators infiltrated dark web networks resulting in more than 35 people being charged. This marked the first federal charges against sellers, as well as marketplace operators.
When a loved one is involved in the drug trade, it’s easy to feel hopeless. Often, it takes a major run-in with the law for people to realize they’re in danger. In the current state of U.S. affairs, now is not the time to take a run-in with the law lightly. Be sure to secure an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your loved one’s freedom.