Fentanyl Availability on Darknet Markets

Broadhurst R, Ball M & Trivedi H 2020. Fentanyl availability on darknet markets. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 590. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.

14 Pages Posted: 1 May 2020

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Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Matthew Ball

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Harshit Trivedi

ANU Cybercrime Observatory; Australian National University

Date Written: February 25, 2020

Abstract

A snapshot of the sale of fentanyl and its analogues across several popular darknet markets between 2 January and 27 March 2019 reveals the amount, types and physical forms available.

Of the 127,541 unique drug listings identified, 13,135 were opioids (10.3% of all drugs), of which 1,118 (0.876% of all drugs) were fentanyl or its analogues. Between 27.3 and 39.3 kilograms of fentanyl and its derivatives were available over the period. The average price of fentanyl was A$99 per gram, while carfentanil was A$26.8 per gram.The shipping methods, cross-market operations and product specialisation of the 303 active fentanyl vendors on these darknet markets are also described.

Keywords: fentanyl, illicit markets, opioids, drug trafficking

Suggested Citation

Broadhurst, Roderic and Ball, Matthew and Trivedi, Harshit, Fentanyl Availability on Darknet Markets (February 25, 2020). Broadhurst R, Ball M & Trivedi H 2020. Fentanyl availability on darknet markets. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 590. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3545072

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

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Matthew Ball

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Acton, ACT 2601
Australia

Harshit Trivedi

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

ANU Cybercrime Observatory
Coombs Ext, Building 8
Canberra, 2601
Australia

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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