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Professor Judith Aldridge discusses the dark web with the Guardian

30 October 2017

Professor Judith Aldridge has been interviewed for a feature in the Guardian on the sale of Fentanyl on the dark web.

Drug paraphernalia seized by North Yorkshire police in a recent case. Photograph: North Yorkshire police/PA
Drug paraphernalia seized by North Yorkshire police in a recent case. Photograph: North Yorkshire police/PA

Judith Aldridge, Professor of Criminology, has published a number of articles this year on the buying of illicit drugs via cryptomarkets or the dark web.

She wrote a commissioned report 'Behind the Curtain: The illicit trade of firearms, explosives and ammunition on the dark web' for the UK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) ESRC.

On Monday, 16 October, The Guardian worte a feature 'UK accounts for largest share of darknet fentanyl sales in Europe' for which Judith was interviewed

She told the Guardian she would be surprised if sales of fentanyl did not increase. “Interestingly, over the past 12 months we’ve seen a demonisation of fentanyl, with many in the darknet community opposed to their sales on crypto-markets.”

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