US-Europe ‘Darknet’ drug raid, at least 150 arrested

After a 10-month investigation, law enforcement in America and Europe arrested at least 150 people suspected of trafficking drugs through the dark network, the US Justice Department said Tuesday. Officers also confiscated more than $31 million in cash and cryptocurrencies as well as 45 firearms.

Darknet is an internet network on the internet that can only be accessed using special software and configurations such as the Tor browser.

The Justice Department said those arrested were involved in tens of thousands of illegal online drug sales in the United States, Britain, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Sixty-five Americans were among those arrested, along with 47 Germans and 25 Britons, Dutch media reported.

“The point of today’s operation is to make criminals operating on the dark web aware that the law enforcement community has the means and global partnerships to unmask them and hold them accountable for their illegal activities, even on dark web sites,” said Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, deputy EuropDol’s executive director of operations, in a statement. [ka/jm]

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