Police in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, cracked a case of illegal manufacture and sale of firearms and explosives using the dark net.

The Public Security Bureau of Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province held a press conference to report a recently detected case of using the dark web to illegally manufacture and sell guns and explosives, and successfully smashed an extremely large criminal gang that covered 12 provinces in the country for the illegal trading, manufacturing of guns, ammunition, and explosives. Thirty-six criminal suspects were arrested, 8 criminal dens were dismissed, and a batch of civilian explosives and various explosive and drug-producing chemicals were seized. Deputy Director Kong Lingju and relevant responsible comrades of the Public Security Detachment of the Municipal Public Security Bureau, the Network Security Detachment, and the Public Security Branch of the High-tech Zone attended the press conference.

Since the beginning of this year, the Changzhou Public Security Bureau has, in accordance with the unified deployment of higher-level public security organs, strengthened measures and carefully deployed, meticulously organized and carried out special operations such as anti-gun explosion control and "Net Net 2020", and launched a fierce offensive against illegal crimes involving guns and explosions.

Selling guns and ammunition online, the police went to 12 provinces and 16 cities to "check chains and destroy the Internet"

On May 10 this year, the Changzhou Public Security Bureau police conducted an online inspection and found that a netizen "Xiao Ye Zi" opened a shop on the "dark web" platform to openly sell explosives, guns and ammunition and other contraband manufacturing technology, as well as ammonium nitrate and other explosive materials. , And teach production methods. After preliminary research and judgment, he has basically grasped the situation of its manufacturing of black powder and illegally selling it through the Internet. The Municipal Public Security Bureau immediately established a "5·10" task force under the command of the Deputy Mayor and Director of Public Security, Du Rongliang, and the leadership of the Bureau in charge, to clarify the focus of the attack on "tracing the source, investigating the chain, and destroying the network" and launch multiple types of police Combined combat.

The police of the task force discovered through investigation that Xiaoyezi's real name was Yang XX, from Shijiazhuang, Hebei. On May 18, the Municipal Public Security Bureau organized a quick attack and arrested the suspect Yang Moumou in Shijiazhuang, and seized 520.8 grams of finished black powder, 1212.8 grams of concentrated sulfuric acid, and various other explosive precursor chemicals 3000 on the spot. Yu Ke.

According to the confession of the criminal suspect Yang, the raw materials for the explosives he sold were purchased from the criminal suspect Li XX, and the gun-making and explosive technology was learned from the criminal suspect Liang XX. The police from the task force then rushed to Shandong and Guangdong to capture the suspects Li and Liang, and seized 179 grams of finished black powder, 828 grams of potassium nitrate, 1 modified gunpowder nail gun and 198 rounds of nail bullets on the spot. .

The police of the task force pursued the victory, and successively captured Li's online sellers Wang and Fang, and quickly dug up 6 layers of the purchase and sale network for illegally buying and selling dangerous chemicals such as highly toxic, explosive, and dangerous chemicals, and clues to upstream suppliers. 4, more than 1,000 downstream transaction clues.

In order to further clarify the context of the crime and fully fix the evidence, the Municipal Public Security Bureau organized more than 110 police forces and set up multiple working groups to carry out a unified network closing operation, which was transferred to Hebei, Shandong, Guangdong, Hubei, Zhejiang, Inner Mongolia, Henan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan and other 12 provinces and 16 cities, with a cumulative travel distance of 100,000 kilometers, arrested 31 criminal suspects, confiscated a large number of civilian explosives, highly toxic, explosive and precursor hazardous chemicals, and seized modified gunpowder guns 6 and 3 condor air guns.

Individual merchants run chemical plants on the verge of bankruptcy, and they actually manufacture and sell explosives online

According to Kong Lingju, deputy director of the Municipal Public Security Bureau, criminal suspects used overseas "dark web" platforms to conduct transactions, and the names of various hazardous chemicals mentioned in the transaction process used "crypto" abbreviations, such as civil explosives ammonium nitrate abbreviation "XA" ", the highly toxic chemical sodium azide is abbreviated as "DDN", which is extremely concealed and deceptive, which brings great difficulty to the police in handling cases. The police of the task force conducted a comprehensive and detailed investigation of all links of the illegal purchase and sale network day and night, and figured out the criminal organization system and formed a complete chain of evidence.

According to the police handling the case, among the 36 suspects who came to the case, 9 were self-employed businesses in the chemical reagent business department, and they used the Internet to illegally sell explosives for profit. There is also a small boss who opened a chemical factory. He used to be a chemistry teacher. Because the factory was on the verge of closing down, he took the risk and illegally produced explosives for online sales.

According to relevant laws and regulations, civilian explosives, highly toxic, explosives and other chemicals must be purchased and transported with certificates. However, in reality, a small number of units find it troublesome to purchase and sell small doses of hazardous chemicals, and they do not have to go through formal formalities with public security agencies. , Not buying through formal channels, but using illegal purchases online, which broadened the sales channels of criminals to a certain extent.

In response to the problems exposed in the case, Changzhou police reminded the majority of chemical industry production and operation practitioners to operate legally and compliantly, resolutely not to do things that cannot be done by law, and not to embark on the road of illegal crimes for money. Relevant units shall purchase and use dangerous chemicals such as highly toxic and explosive products through legal and formal channels. At the same time, the majority of netizens are reminded to stay away from the "dark web", especially young students not to chat, play games, and shop online through the "dark web" to avoid being used by criminals.

From:On DarkNet – Dark Web News and Analysis
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