FBI Seized $4.5M in Crypto Targeting Opioid Trafficking on the Darknet
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been recently cleaning up the Darknet from possible illegal opioid trade, and according to its latest reports, such practices are quite successful. The recent FBI investigation was called SaboTor and was led by representatives of the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE). Operation SaboTor was running from January 11 to March 12 this year. The joint team arrested 61 people and shut down about 50 dark web accounts that are associated with online criminal activity. Moreover, the investigation led to seizing about $4.5 million in crypto from the criminals who allegedly are involved in drug trafficking. The forces also seized 300 kilos of drugs, 51 firearms, $2.48 million in cash, and $40,000 worth of gold. The type of crypto was not disclosed. The FBI acted jointly with a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The FBI Director, Christopher Wray, commented on the “the opioid epidemic”:
“Law enforcement is most effective when we work together, and J-CODE is the global tip of the spear in the fight against online opioid trafficking. Criminals have always adopted innovations and new technologies to achieve their illicit goals, and it’s our job to adapt and remain ahead of the threat.”
With such well-thought-out operations, it is hard for criminals to carry out any illegal business on the darknet as the police and other law enforcers adept more and more complicated and modern technologies in tracking them.
“The [dark web] is not as dark as you think. When you buy or sell illegal goods online, you are not hidden from law enforcement and you are putting yourself in danger,” Catherine De Bolle, Europol Executive Director, also said in the announcement.
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