More than 35 people have been arrested by federal U.S. authorities as part of a sting operation targeting darknet vendors.
The year-long operation included the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), among other agencies.
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According to an online statement by the Department of Justice, the operation was the first “nationwide undercover action” on sellers of drugs and weapons on the dark web.
Agents posed as a money launderer on darknet market sites, offering to exchange U.S. currency for the cryptocurrency. From there, HSI identified sellers of illicit goods, which led to more than 90 cases being opened around the country, with subsequent arrests made. Read more…