DOJ, Europol arrest hundreds as part of international darknet drug operation

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The Justice Department, Europol and dozens of police forces worldwide announced hundreds of arrests and the seizure of $31 million as part of operation Dark HunTOR — an effort to disrupt dark web marketplaces selling guns, drugs and more. 

Police forces in the US, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK arrested 150 people while seizing 45 firearms and 234kg of drugs — including 152.1kg of amphetamine, 21.6kg of cocaine, 26.9kg of opioids and 32.5kg of MDMA.

More than 200,000 ecstasy, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone and methamphetamine pills were seized alongside counterfeit medicine. Europol said a number of the suspects arrested are considered “high-value targets.”

US officials arrested 65 people — the most of any country involved — and Germany nabbed 47 others. 24 people were arrested in the UK, and others were picked up across Europe. All of the law enforcement agencies involved noted that investigations are still being conducted as they try to identify the people behind certain dark web accounts. 

The Justice Department said arrests were made of those involved in active dark web marketplaces as well as inactive ones, including Dream, WallStreet, Dark Market and White House, which shut down this month.

Italian police also disrupted

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