Internet and drugs: a really dangerous combination. Far away from the streets and from the detailed inspections of the police, among the meanderings of the network, drug trafficking chalks up the best deals. The warning is contained in the Annual Report 2014, prepared by the Central Anti-Drug Services, headed by General Sabino Cavaliere. “It is more necessary than ever – the document says – a close monitoring by families, schools, associations on the right use of this valuable resource, which is often used criminally. In fact, there are so many foreign websites that disguise the marketing of potentially harmful substances with products considered to be of common use”. The web is more and more becoming a virtual hell, difficult to regulate, almost impossible to monitor in its entirety. And in the many dark corners of this hidden world, the pusher and his customers easily come into contact, through often inscrutable channels that make them invisible. Then, the virtual currency makes all this even easier: prepaid credit cards or the controversial bit coin. A slap to the inspections.
The payment methods are evanescent, ensuring the anonymity. In these obscure areas the cops not always manage to catch the robbers, who continue undisturbed in their business. To contain the problem, police need a collective effort. It is not enough to have inspection tools more and more sophisticated – to win the battle against the online drug trafficking we need “a society involvement at all levels. It is required a growing awareness on the threat that affects especially the younger age groups that, among other things, mistakenly believe that drugs of synthetic origin are not that dangerous”. Instead, they make you get high and they kill not only the so-called “at risk” individuals, but also normal people. It is sufficient a dosage error, an extra nanogram of a substance and too much alcohol to kill someone.
And as the web becomes the new battleground between legality and crime, in the real world the war is not won yet. Just read the numbers of requisitions to figure it out. In 2014 the police seized 152 tons of drugs and 29,474 people ended up in handcuffs. 2,776 belonged to criminal associations or mafia, then to the large cartels that trade and deal in our cities and use Italy as a crossroads “of international drug trafficking”. Especially regarding the maritime routes, whose landings recorded as much as 98.83% out of the total amount of drugs seized at the borders, an increase of 3% compared to 2013. The seizures of hashish (+ 211.29% ), marijuana (+ 15.93%), heroin (+ 5.30%) and synthetic drugs in doses (+ 23.99%) were the ones which raised the most. Instead, those of cocaine (-21.90%), synthetic narcotics powder (-56.32%), LSD (-21.21%) and planting cannabis (-86.41%) decreased.
About a third of those responsible for illicit trafficking that foster the internal drugs market “is represented by foreign criminal groups, often joint venture with the Italian associations to better meet the special needs of drug trafficking”. More than half of the 10,585 foreigners reported in 2014 for violation of the legislation on drugs are in the north and in Lazio. The most affected foreign ethnic groups are the ones from Morocco, Albania, Tunisia and Nigeria. People often exploited and enslaved by the organized crime in order to bring to our children all stuff that is bad. And that almost always kills.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo