How Much Fentanyl Is Available on the Darknet?

Ball, M., Broadhurst, R., and Trivedi, H. 2019, How much fentanyl is available on the darknet?Statistical Bulletin No 18 (Australian Institute of Criminology), March 2019, Canberra

6 Pages Posted: 1 May 2019

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Matthew Ball

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Harshit Trivedi

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Asia and the Pacific

Date Written: March 29, 2019

Abstract

This bulletin provides a snapshot of the sale and distribution of fentanyl and its analogues across several popular illicit darknet markets. Data collected daily from six darknet markets between 2 January and 23 February 2019 reveal the amount, types and physical forms of fentanyl available. Of more than 123,000 unique drug listings identified, nearly 7,400 were opioids, of which 439 (0.347% of all drugs listed) were fentanyl products. Between 15 and 22 kilograms of fentanyl was available on any day and the average price per gram varied between A$30 and A$301, depending on the physical form. The data also reveal the shipping methods, cross market operations and product specialisation of the 102 active fentanyl vendors on these six darknet markets.

Keywords: cybercrime, fentanyl, darknet markets, opioids

Suggested Citation

Ball, Matthew and Broadhurst, Roderic and Trivedi, Harshit, How Much Fentanyl Is Available on the Darknet? (March 29, 2019). Ball, M., Broadhurst, R., and Trivedi, H. 2019, How much fentanyl is available on the darknet?Statistical Bulletin No 18 (Australian Institute of Criminology), March 2019, Canberra. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3362149

Matthew Ball

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Acton, ACT 2601
Australia

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Harshit Trivedi

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Asia and the Pacific ( email )

Australia

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