The US Department of justice conducted operation DisrupTor, in which $6.5 million in cryptocurrency and Fiat currency was confiscated from smugglers and operators of drug-selling sites on the darknet.
In a statement, representatives of the US Department of justice called DisrupTor the most important international special operation to combat drug smuggling and sale on the darknet. As part of the operation, 170 criminals were arrested, including 121 in the United States and 49 in Europe.
It also confiscated 500 kg of drugs and $6.5 million of funds obtained by criminal means, of which $1.6 million – in cryptocurrencies. In addition, several investigations are ongoing to determine the identity of the criminals responsible for certain accounts on the darknet.
The operation took place over a nine-month period and involved several law enforcement agencies, including the US Department of justice, Europol, and the joint group to counter the sale of opioids on the darknet (JCODE). FBI Director Christopher Wray said:
“During the COVID-19 epidemic, there was an increase in sales of opioids through 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 darknet and bringing them to justice.”
According to a recent study by Chainalysis, Eastern Europe is the leader in the use of darknet platforms, and the Hydra marketplace is among the largest cryptocurrency services in the region.