Following a 10-month investigation into the dark web’s largest illegal marketplace named “Dark HunTor,” 150 suspected drug vendors and buyers have been arrested.
The Verge reports that the closure of the dark web’s largest illegal marketplace, DarkMarket, has resulted in the arrest of 150 suspected drug vendors and buyers. The site boasted some 500,000 users and facilitated around 320,000 transactions, reports Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency. Items sold on the marketplace included malware, stolen credit card information, weapons, and drugs.
The DOJ and Europol teamed up to take down DarkMarket in an Operation named “Dark HunTor.” US arrests totaled 65, German arrests totaled 47, UK arrests totaled 24, Italian arrests totaled 4, Dutch arrests totaled 4, French arrests totaled 3, Swiss arrests totaled 2, and Bulgarian arrests totaled 1. The operation saw $31.6 million in cash and cryptocurrencies seized as well as 45 firearms and around 234 kilograms of drugs such as cocaine, opioids, amphetamine, MDMA, and fentanyl.
Italian authorities successfully shut down two other dark web marketplaces, DeepSea and Berlusconi, as part of the operation. Four alleged administrators of the sites were arrested along with $4.17 million in cryptocurrency.
While the dark web was once considered to be relatively safe for drug dealers, international operations like Dark HunTor have seen arrests and closure of marketplaces. Just in recent years, markets like Dream, WallStreet, White House, DeepSea, and Dark Market have all been closed.
Europol’s Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, in a press statement: “The point of operations such as the one today is to put criminals operating on the dark web on notice: the law enforcement community has the means and global partnerships to unmask them and hold them accountable for their illegal activities, even in areas of the dark web.”
Read more at the Verge here.
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