Authorities on 3 Continents Crack Down on Dark Web Drug Sales

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Authorities on 3 Continents Crack Down on Dark Web Drug Sales


By Katie Benner

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Over 150 Arrested in Global Crackdown on Dark Web Drug Sales

Lisa O. Monaco, the deputy attorney general, said an international joint operation between law enforcement agencies resulted in the seizure of more than 500 pounds of illegal drugs and nearly $32 million in cash and virtual currencies.

“We are here today to expose those who seek the shadows of the internet to peddle killer pills worldwide. Thanks to unprecedented international law enforcement cooperation, 150 dark net drug traffickers have been arrested around the world, including 65, right here in the United States. It represents global cooperation, and the recovery of more than 500 pounds of illegal drugs — drugs which contained enough fentanyl for more than four million lethal doses. This operation seized nearly $32 million in cash and virtual currencies.” “The pills we seized as part of this operation were made to look like oxycodone, like hydrocodone and like Adderall. But they are not real prescription pills. These pills, some of them contained fentanyl and some contained meth. We are now seeing these counterfeit pills being sold in every single state in our country, and we are seizing them at record rates.”

Law enforcement agencies on three continents have disrupted a global drug trafficking operation on the dark web, resulting in the arrests of more than 150 people and the seizure of $31.6 million in cash and virtual currencies and substantial quantities of opioids and other drugs, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.
The results of the sting, called Operation Dark HunTor, followed the takedown in January of DarkMarket, at the time the world’s largest online marketplace for illicit goods, located in an encrypted and relatively hidden corner of the internet.