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Senators target Internet narcotics


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency.

Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website apparently operating for just a few months.

Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia say they asked the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration to shut down and investigate the website, often referred to as the Silk Road after an ancient Asian trade route.

The two Democrats planned to release their letters to the agencies Sunday.

A key to the illicit trade is use of a network by buyers and sellers that conceals their identity. Websites including Gawker have reported on the site.

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