Government Creates Super Team To Combat Online Drug Dealing

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The government is coming together to stop online drug trafficking.

Online drug sales are hard to deal with because dealers use the Darknet as a market. The Darknet is a portion of the internet not available to the public although it isn’t impossible to get to.

“It’s become easier to get onto the Darknet marketplaces — all you need is a smartphone or computer,” said Chris Oksala, a supervisory special agent with the DEA

The Department of Juice created the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement Team also known as (J-CODE). The team combines seven separate government agencies such as the FBI, DEA, United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense. They also have the support of Europol, as many trafficking happens across borders.

“Just by taking down one Darknet drug vendor, you could have the same effect as taking down a traditional mid-level size drug trafficking organization,” said FBI Hi-Tech special agent Maggie Blanton

So far the operation has arrested 61 drug traffickers, taken away 51 firearms, almost 300 kilos of drugs and about $7 million in cash.

The operation is crucial as the U.S. is gripped by an opioid epidemic. The government is afraid that users will order drugs from an unknown source and spike up the death toll in overdoses.

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Government Creates Super Team To Combat Online Drug Dealing

Photo (c) Cineberg – Getty Images


The government is coming together to stop online drug trafficking.

Online drug sales are hard to deal with because dealers use the Darknet as a market. The Darknet is a portion of the internet not available to the public although it isn’t impossible to get to.

“It’s become easier to get onto the Darknet marketplaces — all you need is a smartphone or computer,” said Chris Oksala, a supervisory special agent with the DEA

The Department of Juice created the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement Team also known as (J-CODE). The team combines seven separate government agencies such as the FBI, DEA, United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense. They also have the support of Europol, as many trafficking happens across borders.

“Just by taking down one Darknet drug vendor, you could have the same effect as taking down a traditional mid-level size drug trafficking organization,” said FBI Hi-Tech special agent Maggie Blanton

So far the operation has arrested 61 drug traffickers, taken away 51 firearms, almost 300 kilos of drugs and about $7 million in cash.

The operation is crucial as the U.S. is gripped by an opioid epidemic. The government is afraid that users will order drugs from an unknown source and spike up the death toll in overdoses.

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