A massive operation against the dark web and the European police stopped 150 people

About 150 people were arrested around the world who were buying or selling drugs or weapons on the dark web, in one of the largest operations ever against this hidden version of the Internet, officials from the European police "Europol" and the US State Department announced Tuesday. .

Europol also reported the seizure of millions of euros in cash and bitcoin, as well as drugs and weapons, in the operation called DarkHunTOR.

Europol explained that this process "was based on a series of separate but integrated steps in Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Britain and the United States."

The operation follows the dismantling of the DarkMarket platform last January, led by German police.

The platform was presented by investigators at the time as the "widest" point of purchase on the electronic black market.

In the United States, about 65 people were arrested in this operation, which also allowed for the arrest of 47 people in Germany, 24 in Britain, four in Italy, four in the Netherlands and others.

Several of those arrested are "important targets" for Europol.

The security forces also confiscated 26.7 million euros in cash and electronic currencies, in addition to drugs, especially 25,000 Ecstasy pills and 45 firearms.

In Italy, the police also closed two illegal markets called DeepSea and Berlusconi, which together displayed "more than 100,000 advertisements for illegal products", according to Europol, whose operation was carried out in coordination with the European Judicial Cooperation Unit. Eurogast".

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