As a result of the operation, law enforcement agencies made 61 arrests and shuts down 50 Darknet accounts used for illegal activities.
The joint operation between Europol, FBI, and DEA conducted between January 11 and March 12, 2019, they conducted 122 interviews, seizing 299.5 kilograms of drugs, 51 firearms, $2.48 million in cash, $40,000 in gold and executed 65 search warrants.
“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,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.
“This successful operation sends a strong message that DEA, together with our law enforcement partners, will disrupt, dismantle, and destroy drug trafficking organizations that bring poison into our communities,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon.
“The Darkweb 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,” said Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle.
Dark web markets are the ideal place for the criminals to sell various malicious software, login details, financial data at very low cost.
The most famous Dream Market announced that it is scheduled to shut down its operation’s on April 30, 2019.
Law Enforcement agencies warned users not to fall victim to a scam on the dark web and they are highly risky and no one there to help you.