A large online marketplace that sells drugs, stolen credit cards and other illegal goods announced this week it will no longer allow the sale of the potent opioid fentanyl, The New York Times reports.
While the Hansa Market is banning the sale of the deadly opioid, most other large online marketplaces have not indicated they will follow suit, the article notes.
The largest so-called “dark web” marketplace, AlphaBay, was closed down several weeks ago by law enforcement. Large amounts of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids were sold through AlphaBay. Vendors using the site were linked to many overdose deaths across the United States, and several were arrested.
“My guess is that Hansa vendors who make a lot of money from fentanyl will simply sell that product in other markets while continuing to sell permitted products on Hansa,” said Isak Ladegaard, a sociologist at Boston College who studies dark web markets.