The international operations, dubbed operation SaboTor, involved 17 countries, notably Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and Portugal.
“During the course of this operation, international law enforcement agencies made 61 arrests and shut down 50 dark web accounts used for illegal activity.” reads the press release published by the Europol. “Law enforcement executed 65 search warrants, seizing 299,5 kg of drugs, 51 firearms, and over €6,2 million (almost €4 million in
The operation resulted in the arrest of 61 people who are accused of trade of illegal goods and shut down for 50 dark web accounts involved in illegal activities. The police also seized nearly 300 kilos of drugs, 51 firearms, and over €6.2 million (Two-thirds were in virtual currency, the rest in cold hard cash). The police also conducted 122 interviews.
“Today, members of the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team
“As a result of Operation SaboTor,
Operation SaboTor was conducted between January 11 and March 12, 2019, the preparation phase began in July 2018. The operation was composed of a series of separate but complementary joint operations aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic
Investigators used using information gathered in the first stage of the operations to identify 247 high-value targets and developed intelligence packages that were disseminated to the concerned countries for further handling.
Europol hopes this operation could discourage anyone who wants to conduct illegal activities believing that the dark web represents an inaccessible place for the police.
While the law enforcement shares the results of this operation, the admin of the top dark web marketplace Dream Market announced plans to shut down on April 30 after six years of activity,
(SecurityAffairs – Dark Web, black marketplace)