Portsmouth dark net drug dealer jailed for 16 years
A man has been jailed for 16 years for importing and supplying drugs via the so-called dark net.
Kurt Lai Lan received "large shipments" of MDMA which he sold on hidden websites using Bitcoin for payments, police said.
The 26-year-old, of Cuthbert Road, Portsmouth, had more than £7,000 in cash when he was arrested at Gatwick Airport in 2016.
He was found guilty following a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Police intercepted jigsaw puzzle boxes sent to Lai Lan from the Netherlands in May 2016.
They contained more than 11,000 tablets with a street value of £80,000.
Lai Lan was then arrested and released under investigation.
In June 2017, he was arrested at the airport as he tried to board a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, on a one-way ticket.
He was found guilty of one count of importing class A drugs and one count of supplying them.
Police said Lai Lan had "amassed large sums of money" to fund a luxury lifestyle.
He stayed in penthouse apartments in London, and owned Rolex watches, "high end" clothes and 32 pairs of designer shoes, detectives said.
Det Insp Neil Cripps from South East Regional Organised Crime Unit said: "It has long been believed that anonymity is afforded by the use of the dark net and unregulated crypto currency.
"The investigation shows that even the most technical method of drug dealing and payment transfers, using dark net, will be pursued."