Special agents of the US Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the secret service and the DEA, seized about 2,000 bitcoins and other crypto-currencies worth $ 22 million from the darknet sellers, according to the website of the US Department of Justice.
35 suspects in the arms and drugs trade were detained during a secret operation that lasted a year.
On darknet-sites, such as Silk Road 2, AlphaBay and Hansa, special agents offered to exchange crypto-currency for dollars allegedly for money laundering. As a result, they went to the traders of illegal goods. The prosecutor's office has already started more than 90 criminal cases
Criminals who think that they are safe on the Darknet are wrong,” said Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. “We can expose their networks, and we are determined to bring them to justice. Today, we arrested more than 35 alleged Darknet vendors. We seized their weapons, their drugs, and $23.6 million of their ill-gotten gains. This nationwide enforcement effort will reduce the supply of deadly drugs like fentanyl that are killing an unprecedented number of Americans. I want to thank our federal prosecutors, and the dedicated federal agents with DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, the Postal Inspection Service, and the Secret Service for their outstanding work.
Rod J. Rosenstein
Deputy Attorney General
As part of the special operation, the prosecutor's office charged two suspects Ryan Fares and Robert Swain, who from 2013 to 2017 sold drugs through a darknet. The authorities of the country want to recover from them $ 5.6 million in addition to the cost of 4000 BTC, allegedly received by them from illegal sales, and also confiscate two mansions and a car.
We note that the US government sells the confiscated cryptocurrency at auctions. So, in the period from 2013 to 2014, the country's authorities put up for sale 80 thousand bitcoins.