Daily Camera (Boulder)

150 arrests made in darknet drug operation

- By Erin B. Logan

WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials announced Tuesday the arrests of 150 people and the seizure of more than $30 million in an internatio­nal investigat­ion targeting drug traffickin­g on the darknet.

The sweep led to arrests in the United States, Great Britain, Germany and other countries, law enforcemen­t officials said.

In addition to seizing $31 million in cash and digital currency, investigat­ors also seized 45 handguns, Justice Department officials said.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have turned to the darknet than ever before to buy drugs,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told reporters.

Monaco said investigat­ors focused particular attention on darknet vendors who were minting counterfei­t pills that contained potentiall­y fatal doses of fentanyl, methamphet­amines and other illegal drugs. The darknet, an encrypted version of the Internet that requires special tools to navigate, is a popular marketplac­e for illicit goods.

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