Post-truth or PR ?
It would be more accurate to write this as
"drug dealing (fact) prison librarian (fact) fails to buy gun and ammo on dark web. (fact)"
that he didn't get near a gun (apart from the officers that arrested him) and that the NCA had already got the monitoring/ sting operation in place to stop him, is probably not going to be mentioned when they apply for more funds to deal with the dark web threat™.
The politicos should be flagging the fact that this guy was running drugs into a prison uncaught.