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Law Enforcement’s Dark Web Crackdown: Largest International Crackdown on Darknet Trafficking of Fentanyl and Opioids Yields Record Arrests and Seizures.

The largest ever international crackdown on darknet trafficking of fentanyl and opioids represents an escalating effort by law enforcement to crack down on darknet and darkweb commerce. The dark web is commonly accessed through the Tor browser, hence the name of the operation, “SpecTor.”

Opioid trafficking accusations can result in the most serious punishments and sentences of all drug trafficking charges. If you have been accused of opioid trafficking via the dark web or “darknet”, you should contact an experienced Dark Web Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney immediately.

What is Operation SpecTor? Why Are Law Enforcement Cracking Down on the Dark Web?

Operation SpecTor was a coordinated international effort that aimed to disrupt fentanyl and opioid trafficking on the darknet, or darkweb. The Department of Justice, JCODE (Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement Enforcement) and its international partners announced the results of the operation which included 288 arrests, the most ever for any JCODE operation, and a record number of seizures including 117 firearms, 850 kilograms of drugs including 64 kilograms of fentanyl or fentanyl-laced narcotics, and $53.4 million in cash and virtual currencies.

Federal investigations and prosecutions are being conducted in more than 30 federal districts. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) have vowed to relentlessly pursue anyone involved in the distribution of fentanyl. In December Anton Peck, 29, of Boca Raton, Florida, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, and heroin. Federal fentanyl drug trafficking offenses are extremely serious, and can start at 5 to 10 years for a first offense.

When it comes to the severity of opioid sentencing there are few grey areas, so you need to contact an experienced Boston Dark Web Drug Trafficking Attorney without delay if you or someone you know has been affected by the recent cyber crimes and Dark Web crackdown. At Dhar Law, LLP, we have decades of experience fighting the most serious cases in state and federal courts. We defend your rights by building a robust case that can stand up to aggressive prosecutors. Please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately if you you are being investigated or have been charged with Dark Web drug trafficking.


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