Members of the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team shut down 50 Darknet accounts used for illegal activities, and international law enforcement agencies made 61 arrests as a result of Operation SaboTor, the second coordinated international effort targeting drug trafficking organizations operating on the Darknet.
Law enforcement executed 65 search warrants, conducted 122 interviews, and seized a total of 299.5 kilograms of drugs, 51 firearms, and more than $7 million ($4.5 million in cryptocurrency, $2.48 million in cash, and $40,000 in gold).
(Operation SaboTor, a multi-agency law enforcement action between January and March that targeted opioid sales on the Darknet, included this search of a vehicle and a residence. The search was the result of an eight-month investigation that led to five arrests. Courtesy of the FBI and YouTube. Posted on Mar 26, 2019.)
Participating agencies also engaged in public education efforts regarding the dangers of opioid abuse during the operation.
Aimed at having a global impact on the opioid epidemic, Operation SaboTor was conducted over four days (Jan. 11, 2019 through March 12, 2019), and was composed of a series of separate but complementary joint operations.
The operation was a collaborative effort across the J-CODE entities, which includes the following agencies:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
The Department of Justice (DOJ)
The Department of Defense (DoD), with participation from international partners during the Cyber Patrol Action Week at Europol