DOJ Announces Operation DisrupTor: The Largest Darknet Bust In U.S. History

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen And Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Hold News Conference At Justice Department

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The Justice Department just announced a massive crackdown on illegal drug trafficking on the 'dark web'. So massive actually, that it's now the largest drug, gun and cash bust in the history of the darknet.

Authorities made 179 arrests in seven different countries, while seizing over 1,000 pounds of illegal drugs and $6.5 million in cash and online currency.

"Today’s announcement is very much a success story in international law enforcement cooperation, as crime on the Darknet is truly a global problem that requires global partnership," Rosen said during the prepared announcement on Tuesday. "However, the global nature of the threat also means that foreign countries who fail to act can easily become safe harbors for criminals who seek to pump lethal, addictive drugs into the United States from abroad. The Department cannot and will not allow criminals to operate with impunity."

The nine-month operation followed the takedown of "Wall Street Market," one of the largest illegal drug marketplaces on the darknet.

“Criminals selling fentanyl on the Darknet should pay attention to Operation DisrupTor,” Rosen added. “The arrest of 179 of them in seven countries—with the seizure of their drug supplies and their money as well—shows that there will be no safe haven for drug dealing in cyberspace.”

Read the full report on ABC News.

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