The US Department of Justice conducted Operation DisrupTor, in which $ 6.5 million in crypto and fiat currencies were confiscated from smugglers and operators of drug sites on the darknet.
In a statement , US Department of Justice officials called DisrupTor the most important international special operation to combat drug smuggling and sales on the darknet. As part of the operation, 170 criminals were arrested, 121 in the United States and 49 in Europe.
Also, 500 kg of drugs and $ 6.5 million of funds obtained by criminal means were confiscated, of which $ 1.6 million were in cryptocurrencies. In addition, several investigations are ongoing to determine the identity of the criminals responsible for some accounts on the darknet.
The operation took place over nine months and involved several law enforcement agencies, including the US Department of Justice, Europol, and the Joint Action Group on the Darknet’s Opioid Trade (JCODE). FBI Director Chritopher Wray stated:
“During the COVID-19 epidemic, there was an increase in the sale of opioids through the darknet sites, and this operation became important and timely. The FBI wants to reassure the American public and the world that we are committed to identifying drug dealers on the dark web and holding them accountable. ”
According to a recent study by Chainalysis, Eastern Europe is leading in terms of the use of darknet platforms, and the Hydra marketplace has become one of the largest cryptocurrency services in the region.