LE Agencies in Arizona form a Dark Web Task Force

~2 min read | Published on 2023-06-20, tagged Darkweb-MarketDarkweb-VendorOperations using 384 words.

Federal authorities in Arizona announced the formation of a Darknet Marketplace and Digital Currency Crimes (DNMDCC) Task Force, to combat crimes committed through the use of the dark web and cryptocurrencies.

Agents from the USPIS, IRS-CI, DEA, and HSI will form the task force

According to the press release by the US Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, the task force will include investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
Investigators from these agencies have reportedly been partnering in investigations against dark web drug vendors since 2017.

Quote:United States Attorney Gary Restaino
We’ve done great work with our federal partners in the dark web and crypto space. This task force will enable us to continue the great collaboration with USPIS, DEA, IRS-CI and HSI, and I look forward to robust interdiction and prosecution efforts to deter digital crimes.

Some of the vendors busted as a result of the investigations include;

The DNMDCC Task Force intends to bring together enhanced resources and will focus on bringing down those who use the darknet and cryptocurrencies in illicit activities such as drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, and child exploitation.

Quote:DEA Special Agent in Charge Cheri Oz
DEA is committed to saving lives. Drug traffickers who are hiding in the darknet will be aggressively targeted and unmasked by this task force.