(ConservativeInsider.org) – The opioid crisis claims thousands of lives every year, with the grand total adding up to over 760,000 deaths since 1999. In an enormous victory against this epidemic, the Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted a series of arrests to those involved in peddling opioids.
The DOJ arrested 179 criminals across multiple continents and seized their contraband during Operation DisrupTor. It took control of over $6.5 million in virtual currency and cash, as well as over 1000 pounds of drugs. Over half of the seized substances were in the US, including heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, ecstasy, and other opioids.
Of the 179 arrests, 121 occurred within our borders. The DOJ and its allies found the criminals through their darknet accounts. The darknet is a subset of the internet that can only be accessed anonymously through an encrypted network, such as the Tor Browser.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) celebrated the victory:
Joint Criminal Opioid & Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) + Europol partnered to disrupt opioid trafficking on Darknet sites such as AlphaBay, Dream, WallStreet, Nightmare, Empire, White House, DeepSea, & Dark Market @DEAPhoenixDiv @TheJusticeDept @FBI @ICEgov @USPISpressroom, @Europol
— DEA HQ (@DEAHQ) September 22, 2020
Actions taken to protect our nation take on many different forms. Cracking down on drug trafficking and cybercrime is certainly one worth celebrating.
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