Illegal drugs trade goes digital for pandemic

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By Catarina Demony LISBON (Reuters) – Like supermarkets, restaurants and purveyors of sourdough bread, the illegal drugs trade went digital to serve its customers during lockdown, and could stay that way when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Europe’s drugs agency said on Tuesday. “The pandemic is pushing drug criminals online, reinforcing a trend,” said the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson during the online launch of the 2021 drugs report put together by the Lisbon-based agency EMCDDA. “Drug dealers are moving from the streets onto social media, taking orders via encrypted m…

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