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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Nearly 300 Arrested in 'Largest International Operation' Targeting Fentanyl and Opioid Trafficking:

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

There were 153 arrests under "Operation SpecTor" in the United States alone.

Nearly 300 arrested in 'largest international operation' targeting fentanyl and opioid trafficking: DOJ

Nearly 300 people were arrested as a result of a years-long, three-continent operation targeting darknet trafficking of fentanyl and opioids, the Justice Department and FBI announced Tuesday.

Under "Operation SpecTor," the "largest ever operation targeting the trafficking of fentanyl and opioids on the dark web," 288 people were arrested within the last two years, and more than 850 kilograms of drugs -- including 64 kilos of fentanyl or fentanyl-laced narcotics -- intended to be sold on the darknet were seized, DOJ said.

"Our message to criminals on the dark web is this: You can try to hide in the furthest reaches of the internet, but the Justice Department will find you and hold you accountable for your crimes," Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a news conference Tuesday.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Department of Justice, May 02, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Law enforcement also seized 117 firearms and $53.4 million in cash and virtual currencies as part of the operation, according to DOJ.

In one case highlighted by DOJ, a Florida man was sentenced to 16 years in prison late last year after it was revealed that he and his co-conspirators had a list of more than 6,000 darknet customers to whom they trafficked fentanyl, heroin and meth.

DEA warns about fentanyl mixture

The Sinaloa cartel, a drug trafficking ring that DOJ has accused of gruesome crimes, and the Jalisco cartel were singled out as particularly harmful to Americans.

"The Sinaloa and Jalisco drug cartels, and the global networks they operate are killing Americans by sending fentanyl into the United States. Their associates distribute this fentanyl into communities across America by every means possible, including the dark web," said Anne Milgram, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, adding that the agency "is committed to shutting down the fentanyl supply chain from beginning to end."

"The availability of dangerous substances like fentanyl on dark net marketplaces is helping to fuel the crisis that has claimed far too many American lives," FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a Tuesday statement. "That's why we will continue to join forces with our law enforcement partners around the globe to attack this problem together."

A seal reading "Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation" is displayed on the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building in Washington, DC, Aug. 9, 2022.

In 2021, a record 107,622 Americans died from drug poisoning or overdose, with 66% linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl, the Department of Justice said in a press release last year.

abc news


  1. Just a small dent drugs from Mexico just keep coming in.

  2. You can almost make out the name of the prescribing dr on the bottle.

  3. Something tells me fentanyl still gonna be a thing… How many years of failed attempts to curb drug trafficking is it gonna take for these politicians and agencies to swallow their pride and accept reality? They’re not “getting even”, they’re losing hard.

  4. if my math is right, 107,000 deaths in a year roughly works out to one sobredosis every 5 minutes,
    24/7 for 365 days..

    1. wow you’re right. Every 4.91214953271028 minutes to be exact. But I think it was slightly higher than 107k so rounding up to 5 even more so.

  5. Buh bub buh, CJNG came out with a video saying they don't traffic fentanyl and they were going to rid the plaza of rats, extortionist, rapist, child murderers and elderly abusers!

    1. And you believed them, just like you believe ELMO days fentanyl does not come from Mexico.🤣🤣😂.

    2. 643 it flew over your head. Beyond your level of comprehension. Go back to sleep while the grown ups have adult conversations niño.

  6. Good job DOJ keep on trucking hit them in the wallet.

  7. I'm wondering what happened with that video of CDS doing *whatever they were doing* that made the rounds on telegram recently. I've never seen it,only heard it mentioned in comment section here but I think it was sol who said he might post it for us

    1. I washed my motorcycle today, it had a lot of bugs on the side.

    2. 5:38 its probably in a gay porn site by now

    3. 1:58 it's got the potential for a revenge porn site that's for sure.

  8. Lol man I can feel the difference already..... o wait i can still walk down the street and purchase fent 30s for 5$ NEVERMIND.


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