Operation Dark Hunter, a concerted international effort across three continents to thwart opioid trafficking in Darknet, arrested 150 people. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), more than .6 31.6 million in cash and cryptocurrencies were seized as a result of the operation.
Operation Dark Hunter: 150 arrests, crypto and cash seizures
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that “Operation Dark Hunter” has resulted in 150 arrests worldwide. Also, more than $ 31.6 million in cash and cryptocurrencies were seized.
DOJ described Operation Dark Hunter as “a concerted international effort across three continents to thwart opioid trafficking in the Darknet.” It was conducted across the United States, Australia and Europe in partnership between the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) and foreign law enforcement agencies “against the illicit sale of drugs and other illicit goods and services.” Coordination efforts were led by Europol and Eurojust.
The DOJ mentioned:
Operation Dark Hunter resulted in the seizure of more than 31.6 million in both cash and virtual currency.
Details of the announcement said the operation “arrested 150 alleged darknet drug traffickers and other criminals involved in the sale of thousands of illicit goods and services across Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The United Kingdom and the United States.” United States. “
The judiciary further stated:
Earlier, but in support of Operation Dark Hunter, Italian authorities also shut down Dipsi and Berlusconi Dark web marketplaces that boasted more than 40,000 advertisements for illegal products. Four accused administrators have been arrested, and 3.6 million euros of cryptocurrency have been seized in a coordinated US-Italian operation.
Tay Johnson, acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), commented: “Illegal darkweb marketplaces represent a significant threat to public health, economic and national security. By working collaboratively and sharing intelligence between local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agencies, the Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) and its partners are blaming the international criminal organization responsible for introducing dangerous drugs and other sanctions into our community. “
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