US Navy Investigators Bust Bitcoin Drug Ring at Naval Academy
Despite recent claims that bitcoin is becoming less popular for illicit dealings on the dark web, investigations show that it is still the payment method of choice for many. The most recent example comes from the US Navy, where a few entrepreneurial cadets reportedly used bitcoin to buy drugs which they distributed to their classmates for profit.
Sailing the High Seas
The top brass ordered a surprise drug test for all 4,500 cadets before dawn on Wednesday morning and DEA drug-sniffing dogs discovered cocaine in the room of one of the suspected users. The cadet suspected of owning the cocaine was at athletic practice at the time and she reportedly made a run for it but was caught and taken in for questioning.
'The Naval Academy and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service recently initiated a command-assisted investigation in Annapolis after receiving a midshipman report of alleged recreational drug use within the Brigade,' said Cmdr. David Mckinney, a Naval Academy spokesman, in a statement to Fox News. '[T]he results of the investigation are still pending. We are continuing to work with NCIS on these reported allegations. The Navy has a zero tolerance for drug abuse and takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously.'
Dive Into the Deep Web
It is also important to remember that, while they are illegal in most countries, psychedelic drugs can have incredible therapeutic potential – especially for soldiers and veterans. For example, the $86 million bitcoin charity Pineapple Fund will donate up to $5 million to help fund Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in patients with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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