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Giant 'Darknet' Bust Yields 40 Arrests, $20M+ in Guns, Drugs

The operation led to the opening of dozens of cases against vendors around the country and to more than 90 active cases around the country

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    Feds Infiltrate Dark Web

    The feds infiltrate the dark web, busting dozens of suspected drug dealers and gun runners. Many of the crimes were happening in cyberspace but the violence and overdoses affected communities from New York. Chief investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst takes a look at the major cyber takedown.

    (Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018)

    Authorities arrested 40 people and seized more than $20 million in guns, drugs, cars, gold and cryptocurrency after a massive, year-long undercover operation targeting underground activity on the Internet.

    The sprawling operation involving vendors on the "Darknet" led to the seizure of  more than 100 guns, more than $20 million in Bitcoin, more than $3.6 million in US currency and gold bars, and prescription pills and drugs, including Xanax, Oxycodone, MDMA, cocaine, LSD and marijuana. 

    Homeland Security Investigations agents from New York posed as a money launderer on underground market sites and exchanged hard currency for virtual currency.

    The operation led to the opening of dozens of cases against vendors around the country and to more than 90 active cases around the country.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    “The focus of this operation was not only to infliltrate the dark net marketplaces but to really focus our efforts on the bad actors," said Angel Melendez of Homeland Security Investigations. 

    Agents from HSI and postal inspectors conducted a series of subsequent arrests and the impending prosecution of more than 35 Darknet vendors.

    “The Darknet is ever-changing and increasingly more intricate, making locating and targeting those selling illicit items on this platform more complicated. But in this case, HSI special agents were able to walk amongst those in the cyber underworld to find those vendors who sell highly addictive drugs for a profit,” said Acting HSI Executive Associate Director Benner in a press release.

    The investigation is ongoing.