Feds take down dozens of ‘Dark Web’ weapons and drug vendors

Dark Web drugs, weapons

The 'dark web' -- a series of websites accessible through the anonymous Tor browser, which lends a tends a thin veil of anonymity to users -- shot to prominence as a place to buy almost anything thanks to a 2011 Gawker profile of The Silk Road, the internet's first big marketplace for almost anything. Lawenforcement agencies were horrified of the idea that an Amazon for crime could operate semi-openly, making weapons, drugs, and hacking tools available to anyone with a fistful of cryptocurrency, so despite the fact that dark web sales make up a fraction of the global drug and weapons trade, police organizations worldwide have been cracking down with a vengance.

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it had arrested 35 individuals charged with selling "illicit goods," and seized a reported $23.6 million in weapons, drugs, and cryptocurrency. The arrests were the culmination of a "year-long, coordinated national operation that used the first nationwide undercover action to target vendors of illicit goods on the Darknet."

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