Homeland Security Takes on Darknet – Seizes Over $24 Million Worth of Cryptocurrency

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Homeland Security Takes on Darknet – Seizes Over $24 Million Worth of Cryptocurrency

Homeland Security Takes on Darknet – Seizes Over $24 Million Worth of Cryptocurrency

Homeland Security agents acting under the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have arrested more than 35 criminals, posing as cryptocurrency traders on the darknet. This according to an official DOJ release published yesterday on June 26.

Bitcoin mining devices, 2000 Bitcoins, and other cryptocurrencies worth around $20 million were seized during the operation. Drugs such as opioids, Xanax, LSD, and others worth around $3.6 million were also confiscated.

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Special agents for the New York HS I division along with the New York City District Attorneys Office conducted a year-long undercover operation which involved posing as crypto traders that intended to launder fiat to cryptocurrency on the darknet.

The investigation included 90 active cases as a collaboration with Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Secret Service, and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

One of the defendants charged by the Department of Justice describe how officials investigated his customers, which led to then taking over his online accounts and finding more darknet drug vendors utilizing Bitcoin.

The DOJ has also expanded its reach into other crypto matters at the end of May, which involves a criminal investigation into Bitcoin and Ethereum price manipulation.

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