A multi-national sting operation has seen law enforcement agencies nab close to 200 criminals trading in illegal goods on the dark web

According to an eNCA report, Operation DisrupTor took place in Austria, Britain, Sweden, Germany, the United States and the Netherlands.

The sting was led by German authorities and investigators were in possession of information that identified suspects, both sellers and buyers.

Europol said: “As a result, 179 vendors who engaged in tens of thousands of sales of illicit goods were arrested.”

Officials confiscated more than $65 million (over R111 million) in cash and online currencies. Drugs weighing around 500 kilograms were seized.

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A report on the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website details a search and seizure operation conducted in a storage shed at a California address.

“There, agents from the FBI, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) found about 50 pounds of methamphetamine and bags and containers full of thousands of Adderall pills,” notes the report.

By the end of search operations at the storage shed and at another location, more than 100 pounds of methamphetamines and around 30 000 pills were discovered, ready to be packaged and shipped off to various destinations around the globe.

In all, 121 US suspects were arrested, along with 42 in Germany. In the Netherlands, eight people were apprehended while four were caught in Britain. Three people were charged in Austria and one suspect is facing the music in Sweden.

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