U.S. and Europol Break Up Darknet Trafficking of Fentanyl and Opioids

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Friday, May 12, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 2, 2023, the United States Department of Justice and its Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) team, Europol, and its international partners announced the results of Operation Spector.  In particular, the operation resulted in 288 arrests, the most ever for any JCODE operation and approximately twice as many of the prior operation.  In addition, law enforcement made more seizures than any prior operation, including 117 firearms, 850 kilograms of drugs that include 64 kilograms of fentanyl or fentanyl-laced narcotics, and $53.4 million in cash and virtual currencies.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Largest International Operation Against Darknet Trafficking of Fentanyl and Opioids Results in Record Arrests and Seizures, Press Rel, 23-501, May2, 2023.