This drug bust came after Ross Ulbricht was found guilty last
month of operating the Silk Road, a now shuttered marketplace
that at its peak was the largest online market for illegal drugs
in the world. (Ulbricht himself did not sell drugs, however.)
Here's a police photo of the massive haul:
And in November, a year after Ulbricht was first arrested, the international police initiative Operation Onymous closed hundreds of Deep Web websites, including Silk Road 2.0, and made 17 arrests.
The narcotics were sold through Evolution, an illicit online marketplace accessible only through the anonymous Tor network.
Seven people were arrested as police raided 38 locations across the country in a move to take down "Shiny Flakes," a drug-selling ring that operated on the Deep Web, part of the internet that is not tracked by most search engines.
An unidentified 20-year-old man arrested in Leipzig is allegedly the ringleader of Shiny Flakes.
Blocks of hashish were seized, along with blotters of LSD, bags of marijuana, and prescription drugs. Polizei Sachsen
The German police have released a video of the drugs seized:
A massive German police operation this week has led to what may be the largest-ever Deep Web drug bust, Wired reports.
Law enforcement also found cocaine, MDMA, and MDA.
Some of the bags of ecstasy tablets seized in the raid. Polizei Sachsen
But Deep Dot Web — a Deep Web-focused news site — believes this week's bust constitutes the largest-ever seizure.
The haul included 360 kilograms of narcotics including marijuana, MDMA, cocaine, MDA, amphetamines, and LSD, with an estimated value of more than $4 million. Authorities also found $340,000 worth of bitcoin — the digital currency typically used to facilitate Deep Web purchases — and $51,000 in cash, according to Deep Dot Web.
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