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Bitcoin used in illegal drug deals in Sweden

Posted on Feb 10 2014 | IANS

Stockholm, Feb 10 : Bitcoin had become a common medium of exchange in illegal drug deals in Sweden, local media reported Sunday.

Bitcoin was used by drug dealers in at least six transactions in Sweden in 2013. In several cases, the offenders completed the deals on internet, Xinhua quoted the Swedish Daily News(DN) in a report.

Four people were convicted for drug smuggling in Haparanda city of Sweden in December, when a large amount of Bitcoin, an electronic cash system first described by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, was found in the computer of the main suspect, involving around a 100 transactions.

The suspect has handled "half a million Swedish kronor (about USD 77,000)," Lindha Stromberg, a local prosecutor, was quoted as saying by DN.

Furthermore, Bitcoin used cryptography to control the transactions between the users and therefore the process was independent from banks or financial institutions.

However, Mats Henricson, president of Bitcoin Association, did not consider Bitcoin as a competitive alternative against cash or drug deals.

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