Law enforcement agencies across the country, including Anchorage, face a new type of drug dealer different from stereotypes of back alleys and dark street corners.
Online black markets have complicated police efforts.
Anchorage police say online drug deals is not something the department hears about too often. But a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency spokesperson said the increased level of anonymity in online purchases makes illegal drug deals difficult to track.
Channel 2 learned about a recent incident of an Anchorage teen who claims he ordered drugs on a website.
When the package arrived at the 17-year-old's home from the Netherlands, his father became suspicious.
The father opened the package and found pills labeled Mckennaii, a form of psychedelic mushrooms marketed to contain the chemical Psilocybin, which is illegal in the U.S. but as accessible as an internet connection.
"If it's been pressed into a pill you've obviously taken that extra step to alter it, to make it into a pill form and I'm sure there's additives in there. You'd have no idea knowing what's in it," said Sgt. Kathy Lacey of the APD Vice Unit.
Not only are the drugs illegal, but most bought online are imported from other countries, and that is even more risky, Lacey said.
"They (dealers) set up ways to protect themselves from any kind of accountability from the drug they're selling," Lacey said.
The teenager who purchased the psychedelic pills said he ordered them on Silk Road 2.0, a resurrected version of the original Silk Road website, which the FBI shut down in October.
The new version emerged in early November. The website only accepts the cyber currency Bitcoin, which cannot be traced to any bank account and is completely anonymous.
Since Bitcoins must be purchased, parents should be aware of how their children spend their money, said Lacey. They should also keep an eye on the mail.
"You have to monitor if they're receiving packages, if they're ordering something online, you have to be concerned about it," she said. "It's a very dangerous place to go for kids."