It’s not everyday that authorities get to bust such a big timer when it comes to drug trafficking. But indeed they did, in the case of one particular Finnish national.
Back in August 2016, authorities arrested three people involved in a large drug ring operating on Valhalla Market—caught with over €1 million worth of drugs in their possession.
One of these men, operating under the Douppikauppa moniker, had been particularly active on Valhalla Market, one of the most prolific underground darknet markets.
Douppikauppa was a well-known vendor, dealing in a wide variety of illicit drugs including LSD, MDMA, heroin and cocaine.
On Valhalla Market, Douppikauppa had been operating since 2013, with a history of many transactions and a good reputation.
Over a year before his arrest, Douppikauppa gave an interview to the Iranian-Finnish celebrity Arman Alizad, for a book that he was writing—Riisuttu Suomi, a series of interviews with people from different and interesting backgrounds.
What the interview shows is a clever, university educated 30-year-old who became interested in the drug trade after wanting to get a better supply of drugs to Finland.
With a day job that paid well, it was more about having accessible drugs for Douppikauppa rather than trying to make money.
He saw a gap in the market, and since the online darknet market trade was becoming quite popular, this is where he and a friend set up shop—on Valhalla Market.
Valhalla Market was originally a Finnish only site, known as Silkkkitie. But now it has gone multi-national.
Douppikauppa was able to purchase large quantities of drugs at a low price and sell through Valhalla Market to the people of Finland.
He even gave out LSD for free to customers, since they just wanted to get better drugs to Finland in the first place.
After a little while, Douppikauppa’s shop became the largest of its kind on Valhalla Market.
Douppikauppa comes off as a fierce proponent of the benefits of taking psychoactive drugs; LSD in particular. Hence, the free doses that were shipped.
He believes that the benefits of using them can help everyone, from those suffering mental illnesses to those having a creativity block.
He also appears to be fairly responsible, not wanting to sell drugs to drug addicts and recommending alternate resources to those he believes are having issues with their use.
During the interview, Douppikauppa outlines the setup of the darknet market business. It involves a few smaller shops with employees to handle transactions.
Interested buyers could obtain drugs from these shops within the same day as purchasing, with couriers dropping packages over Finland, ready for the buyer to pick up. This process is known as terrain caching.
At the time of the interview, Douppikauppa was not stressed about being caught by the authorities, although he did know that there was a chance that it could happen.
He, in fact, states that he doesn’t think he would get caught, although we now know that did indeed happen. He seemed to indicate that he was prepared to go to jail if it ever came to that.
The interview paints a picture of a man slightly stressed by his double life that not even his wife knows about.
Still, he seemed to be enjoying the ride, meeting drug kingpins, managing his flourishing business on Valhalla Market and spending money.
Like many of his peers on darknet markets, Douppikauppa got into the scene simply because he wanted to do something good for people, even though it was related to illegal drugs.
He wanted to help out others and wasn’t interested in the money to begin with, although the cash flow no doubt sweetened the deal considerably.
For the crimes committed in Finland, this type of scenario amounts to 7 to 13 years in prison. In some other countries, it would be much longer or even result in the death penalty.
It is important to keep in mind that while many escape the arm of the law when trafficking in drugs online (usually those that don’t operate for too long), others, like Douppikauppa who operated on Valhalla Market, are ultimately caught.
They end up facing long prison sentences for their crimes.
While the high life can be exciting, jail would almost certainly not be, as this man will be experiencing now.