When Manhattan’s district attorney received a tip-off about questionable ATM withdrawals in 2017, authorities never expected to unravel a complex dark net drug operation on this astonishing scale.
A painstaking two-year evaluation involving many police uncovered a multi-million-dollar medication empire being conducted by three guys outside of a New Jersey property.
Not only is this the first time prosecutors in New York have taken down a dark web storefront, but this takedown also represents the most significant pill seizure in New Jersey’s history, according to Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance.
Buckets containing over half-a-million counterfeit Alprazolam, marketed as Xanax, was captured along with large amounts of fentanyl-laced heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs once destined for internet customers across America.
The trio was arrested earlier this month and are alleged to have been operating one of the greatest online drug stalls (Sinmed) about the dark web’s preeminent online drug bazaar: Fantasy Market.
Their downfall came as a multinational operation carried out by the FBI, Europol and others called Operation SaboTor declared that it had captured 61 people and shut down 50 dark net accounts in March.
But the first question for today is: will law enforcement proceed to attempt and take the website’s users and sellers down with it? Or are dark web markets merely preparing for the next stage of trading?