Hired By Huge Drug Companies Like Eli Lilly, Ex-Cop in London Tracks Down Knockoff Drugs on the Web

Published: Oct 21, 2015

In his second-floor office at an industrial park 30 miles southwest of London, Tim Ramsey sits down at his laptop and heads to a website called Agora, where he pages through lists of prescription drugs for ailments like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Choosing an injectable human growth hormone, he clicks over to an anonymous bitcoin account and dispatches 0.527 bitcoin — $124 — to pay for the stuff.

Ramsey isn’t a desperate patient in search of treatment. He’s a 59-year-old ex-policeman, hired by drug companies to troll a seedy corner of the Web that some call the darknet, accessible through software known as TOR that renders users virtually anonymous.

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