5.5 million euros in money, 500 kilos of drugs, 64 weapons: these have been confiscated by Europol investigators in a large-scale operation against criminals on the Darknet. More than 170 suspects have been arrested.

Police officers arrested more than 170 suspects in an attack on the international drug trade on the Darknet. A total of 179 providers of drugs and other illegal goods have been executed, the European police authority Europol announced on Tuesday. 42 suspects were arrested in Germany alone, 121 in the US. The operation was led by the Federal Criminal Police Office. Further arrests were made in Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden.

During the large-scale police operation, cash and virtual currency worth 5.5 million euros, 500 kilos of drugs – including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine – and 64 weapons were seized. The investigation into Operation DisrupTor took nine months.

More than 1.15 million customer accounts at criminal trade shows

The action was preceded by the destruction of the world’s second largest illegal trading platform on the Darknet by German security authorities in May 2019. The criminal trade fair “Wall Street Market” had more than 1.15 million customer accounts and more than 5,400 sellers. There, drugs and stolen data were offered.

The arrests are “a strong signal” to criminals on the Darknet, said Edvardas Sileris, head of Europol’s cybercrime center. “The hidden Internet is no longer hidden and your anonymous activities are no longer anonymous.”

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