A Rose Bay man charged with running a dark web business that sold $7 million worth of cocaine, MDMA and prescription drugs in 60,000 different transactions will appear in court on Wednesday to face 26 further charges.
Brothers Alexander Busse, 39, and Ioan Busu, 33, from Chatswood, were arrested in May this year, the culmination of a two-year investigation into a dark web business named Aussiepillimporter by NSW Police’s cybercrime squad.
The bust saw the pair arrested, and the seizure of almost $60,000 in cash, a ring worth $100,000, and drugs including about 17 kilograms of tetrahydrocannabinol hidden in lollies, cocaine and MDMA, as well as thousands of tablets and three kilograms of powder.
“All items have since undergone forensic analysis,” police said in a statement.
Police say the duo allegedly purchased large amounts of drugs from wholesalers and sold them in small amounts like one or two pills or half a gram of cocaine to customers across the country in exchange for bitcoin.
On Wednesday, the pair were each slapped with a raft of new drug supply charges, including multiple counts of supplying of large commercial quantities of drugs.
The dark web is a hidden collective of websites typically offering illicit goods or services on which users remain anonymous.
The length of time they had allegedly been selling drugs made the brothers a priority target for police, cybercrime commander Detective Superintendent Matt Craft told the Herald earlier this year.