The US Department of Justice announced the largest international operation against darknet trafficking, with a record seizure of fentanyl and opioids. The operation called Operation SpecTor resulted in over 200 arrests and was a coordinated effort between the US, Europe, and South America. It was aimed at curbing fentanyl and opioid trafficking on the dark web.
The operation was a part of the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) team and resulted in more seizures than any prior operation. In addition to the arrests, the authorities also seized 117 firearms, 850 kg of drugs, and $53.4 million in cash and virtual currency.
The JCODE team is a collaboration of international law enforcement agencies that investigate and prosecute darknet drug trafficking. This operation was aimed at addressing the growing opioid epidemic and combating the illicit trade in fentanyl and other drugs.
However, the operation also focused on outreach efforts to individuals who have purchased drugs through the darknet. The authorities aimed to direct them to available resources and help limit the death toll from drug overdoses.
The record seizure of fentanyl and opioids is a significant victory for law enforcement agencies combating the global drug trade. The JCODE team will continue to collaborate and pursue those who profit from illegal drug sales on the dark web.