FBI apprehends youthful leader of underground online marketplace, Incognito Market


Global Narcotics Ring Busted: Taiwan Resident Accused of Operating Dark Web Marketplace Incognito Market

A Taiwanese man, Lin, has been accused of running a sophisticated online marketplace known as Incognito Market, which facilitated the sale of illegal narcotics worldwide. The Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that Lin had full control over the platform, which processed over $100 million in drug transactions.

Lin was apprehended at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on 18th May and appeared in Manhattan federal court. Incognito Market, in operation since October 2020, was shut down in March this year. The dark web marketplace offered anonymity to buyers and sellers of drugs like heroin, cocaine, LSD, and MDMA, taking a 5% commission from each sale.

Investigators found misbranded prescription drugs on the platform, including pills laced with fentanyl. Incognito Market utilized a built-in cryptocurrency bank for transactions to maintain anonymity. Lin’s arrest was the result of meticulous FBI investigative work, tracking cryptocurrency transfers linked to the marketplace.

If convicted, Lin could face severe penalties, including a mandatory life sentence for operating a criminal enterprise and additional charges for narcotics conspiracy, money laundering, and selling adulterated medication. The takedown of Incognito Market highlights the dangers of the dark web, with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland warning that drug traffickers operating online will face justice.

Recent successful operations against illegal online marketplaces like BreachForums and xDedic Marketplace demonstrate law enforcement’s commitment to combating cybercrime and protecting public safety. The case against Lin serves as a stark reminder of the risks associated with illicit online activities.

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