Europol and the US Department of Justice reported on the successful implementation of an operation to prevent a major drug trade on the darknet. During the searches, the special services seized $6.5 million in cash and cryptocurrency.
The operation, dubbed DisrupTor, was handled by the authorities in Austria, Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
As a result of the investigation in different countries, law enforcement officers arrested 179 people. Most of the arrests were made in the United States.
Operation DisrupTor “builds on the success” of liquidating the Wall Street Market darknet, the US Department of Justice said. After its closure, law enforcement officers obtained data that helped identify drug dealers.
Some Twitter users believe that such actions of law enforcement officers are aimed at the “war on anonymity” on the Internet.
As a reminder, in addition to the Wall Street Market, Silkkitie, Dream Market and a number of other darknet marketplaces were closed last year as part of joint international special operations.