Feds Unveil Massive 'Darknet' Opioid Trafficking Takedown

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By Jack Queen (October 26, 2021, 6:50 PM EDT) — The U.S. Department of Justice and European law enforcement on Tuesday announced a sweeping bust of 150 alleged “darknet” drug dealers that yielded troves of pills, guns and nearly $32 million in cash and cryptocurrency.

The operation, which involved scores of law enforcement agencies on three continents, marks an escalation of the Justice Department’s cybercrime enforcement efforts, which have taken on fresh urgency as ransomware attacks proliferate and booming growth in crypto unlocks new money laundering channels.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, who led a broad expansion of the government’s digital capabilities under the Obama administration, has made cybersecurity a…

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