The Justice Department on Tuesday announced the largest seizure of online drugs in the U.S. darknet history. According to the Oxford dictionary, the darknet is a computer network with restricted access that is used chiefly for illegal peer-to-peer file sharing.
According to the Justice Department, the operation resulted in the seizure of over $6.5 million in both cash and virtual currencies, and 274 kilograms of drugs such as fentanyl, oxycodone, meth and other drugs. The takedown was part of Operation DisrupTor, an international effort with the Justice Department’s law enforcement partners in Europe.
Deputy Attorney General Jeffery Rosen outlined a number of cases from jurisdictions around the U.S. “There will be no safe haven, or drug dealing in cyberspace,” Rosen said.
“Today’s announcement is very much a success story in international law enforcement cooperation, as crime on the Darknet is truly a global problem that requires global partnership,” Rosen said in his prepared remarks.
“However, the global nature of the threat also means that foreign countries who fail to act can easily become safe harbors for criminals who seek to pump lethal, addictive drugs into the United States from abroad. The Department cannot and will not allow criminals to operate with impunity.”
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