The United States law enforcement agencies revealed a large network of drug and arms dealers, who operated in the darknet.

The US special services that participated in the operation organized by the US Justice Department managed to uncover the network of drug sellers who operated in the darknet, identify their suppliers, arrest them and confiscate their weapons, $3.6 million in US dollars and gold bullion, about 2000 BTC and other cryptocurrencies worth more than $20 million.

“Criminals who think that they are safe on the Darknet are wrong.  We can expose their networks, and we are determined to bring them to justice. Today, we arrested more than 35 alleged Darknet vendors.  We seized their weapons, their drugs, and $23.6 million of their ill-gotten gains. This nationwide enforcement effort will reduce the supply of deadly drugs like fentanyl that are killing an unprecedented number of Americans.  I want to thank our federal prosecutors, and the dedicated federal agents with DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, the Postal Inspection Service, and the Secret Service for their outstanding work,” said Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.

He added that the department will do its best to stop the supply of fentanyl on the US market.

Derek Benner, acting executive associate director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), explained that the darknet is constantly evolving and changing, making it difficult to track down suppliers of prohibited items.

“The Darknet is ever-changing and increasingly more intricate, making locating and targeting those selling illicit items on this platform more complicated.  But in this case, HSI special agents were able to walk amongst those in the cyber underworld to find those vendors who sell highly addictive drugs for a profit.  The veil has been lifted. HSI has infiltrated the Darknet, and together with its law enforcement partners nationwide, it has proven, once again, that every criminal is within arm’s reach of the law.”

Through this operation, HSI New York was able to identify numerous vendors of illicit goods, leading to the opening of more than 90 active cases around the country and arrest more than 35 suppliers accused of trafficking in prohibited products in the darknet.