The US Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and DEA sustained an operation and confiscated about 2,000 BTC for $22 million from the Darknet.
According to the official statement of the US Justice Department, during 1-year joint secret operation, the special force team arrested 35 darknet sellers suspected in arms and drug trading.
Specifically, the agents entered such darknet platforms like Silk Road 2, AlphaBay and Hansa with offers to exchange cryptos into dollars for money laundering. In the course of the joint operation, they managed to detect sellers of illegal products. As a result, it was opened about 90 active criminal cases countrywide.
“Criminals who think that they are safe on the Darknet are wrong...We can expose their networks, and we are determined to bring them to justice. Today, we arrested more than 35 alleged Darknet vendors. We seized their weapons, their drugs, and $23.6 million of their ill-gotten gains. This nationwide enforcement effort will reduce the supply of deadly drugs like fentanyl that are killing an unprecedented number of Americans,” the statement reads.
Notably, the confiscated cryptocurrencies are sold via auctions. In particular, the authorities tendered 80,000 BTC in 2013-2014.