The Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) announced the results of its latest investigation on the darknet, in which the criminals were seized cryptocurrency worth more than $ 4 million.
Operation “SaboTor” conducted jointly with members of the joint group of experts in the field of information security for the exposure and arrest of online dealers of illicit opioids (J-CODE) led to 61 arrests and the closure of 50 accounts associated with criminal activity in the network.
During the operation, confiscated nearly 300 kilograms of drugs, 51 firearms and cryptocurrency amounting to more than 4.5 million, US $ 2.48 million USD in cash and 40,000 dollars in gold. What cryptocurrencies were seized, were not disclosed.
Operation “SaboTor” was held from 11 January to 12 March this year and included several raids. Law enforcement agencies, including the Office for the drug enforcement administration (DEA), the Department of homeland security U.S. immigration and customs enforcement (HSI) and Customs and border protection, U.S. (CBP), has teamed up with the FBI for the operation.
“Law enforcement is most effective when we work together, and J-CODE is an avenging sword in the fight against illicit trafficking of opioids on the Internet, said in a statement, FBI Director Christopher ray. Criminals have always used innovation and new technology to achieve their illegal purposes, and it is our task to adapt and stay one step ahead.”
Indeed, with such operations as SaboTor, criminals will find it increasingly difficult to carry out their illegal activities on the dark web, as law enforcement agencies become more advanced in the field of new technologies.
“[Darknet] is not as dark as you think. When you buy or sell illegal goods via the Internet, you can’t hide from law enforcement and put themselves in danger,” — said in his statement, the Executive Director of Europol, Catherine De Bolle.
Given that the US government is trying to de-anonymize bitcoin, and the new EU rules add transparency to the process of buying Bitcoin via the Internet, the statement De Bolle certainly sounds plausible.