Schumer: 'Dark Web' crackdown needs funding
Accessed through encrypted browsers and special software, the "Dark Web" makes it difficult for law enforcement to track drug dealers and users on the Internet.
Sen. Charles Schumer wants to increase funding for federal investigators to crack encryption codes so store operators can be halted and their shipments to users stopped.
"It is clear that the federal government needs more resources in order to investigate and target these sales," says Sen. Schumer.
Drug counselor Dr. Jeffery Reynolds, of the Family & Children Association, agrees with the measure. He says that since it's getting harder for addicts to get drugs on the street, online drug sales are booming.
Sen. Schumer says after federal authorities busted a Dark Web illegal drug store called "Silk Road," dozens of other stores have popped up to take its place.
News 12 consumer reporter Andrew Ehinger says accessing the Dark Web was easier than he expected, only taking 10 minutes of work.