A massive international police operation has resulted in the arrests of 179 dark web drug traffickers who sold opioids along with other illicit goods and services across Europe and the united states. The investigators section of JCODE, an FBI-led multi-agency Department of Justice initiative, caused Europol over an interval of nine months beneath the project called Operation DisrupTor.
They started their investigation after authorities took down Wall Street Market in-may 2019, resulting in the downfall of 1 of the largest marketplaces for counterfeits and drugs on the dark web. Wall Street Market served significantly more than 1.15 million customers. Based on the Justice Department, police agencies obtained the intelligence they had a need to identify dark web drug traffickers from the Wall Street Market operation. That trigger a number of “complementary, but separate” investigations.
Of the 179 arrests, 121 were manufactured in the united states, 42 in Germany, eight in holland, four in the united kingdom, three in Austria and something in Sweden. The DOJ expects more to check out as investigators focus on ongoing cases to recognize more online drug traffickers. Furthermore, authorities were also in a position to seize over $6.5 million in cash and virtual currencies, 63 firearms and 500 kilograms of drugs worldwide. A complete of 274 kilos of fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, Medicine and mdma containing addictive substances were seized in america.
At the press conference announcing Operation DisrupTor, Wired says acting DEA administrator Timothy Shea specifically called out Arden McCann, who allegedly shipped large sums of fentanyl and counterfeit Xanax pills into USA from China and Canada. The operation also dismantled a drug trafficking organization called “Stealthgod” that has been associated with over 18,000 illicit drug sales to customers in america and round the global world.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement:
“With the spike in opioid-related overdose deaths through the COVID-19 pandemic, we notice that today’s announcement is timely and important. The FBI really wants to assure the American public, and the global world, that people are focused on identifying Darknet drug dealers and bringing them to justice. But our work will not end with today’s announcement. The FBI, through JCODE and our partnership with Europol, is still engaged in a combined effort to disrupt the borderless actively, worldwide trade of illicit drugs. The FBI will continue steadily to use all investigative tools and ways to identify and prosecute Darknet opioid dealers, wherever they could be located.”