In the domiciliary searches related to the investigation, the Judicial Police also seized drugs such as ecstasy, MDMA or LSD.
European, Canadian and American authorities have joined efforts to investigate the buying and selling of illegal products on Dark Web, such as drugs, firearms or child pornography. Operation SaboTor was conducted by US agencies, including the FBI and the DEA, and was co-hosted by Europol.
In the total of the operation, which began in early 2019, up to the moment 61 arrests were made and 50 accounts were closed, used for illegal activities. Following the investigation, 295.5 kilograms of drugs were seized and more than 6.2 million euros.
In Portugal, the Judiciary Police opened 13 investigations that have so far led to five arrests and nine home searches. Following the operation were also seized drugs such as ecstasy, MDMA and LSD.
Catherine de Bolle, Executive Director of Europol, said that "the dark web is not as obscure as one might think," adding that "whoever buys or sells illegal goods online is not hidden from the authorities and is putting itself in a dangerous situation ".
For Catherine De Bolle, this international operation also demonstrated "the determination of the authorities to fight crime on the dark web and to reduce the number of victims of these criminal schemes."