European and American investigators have broken up one of the world’s largest online criminal trafficking operations in a series of raids in the United States and Germany, authorities said Friday.
Three German men, ages 31, 22 and 29, were arrested after the raids in three southern states on allegations they operated the so-called “Wall Street Market” darknet platform, which hosted some 5,400 sellers and 1.15 million customer accounts, Frankfurt prosecutor Georg Ungefuk told reporters in Wiesbaden.
The men, whose names weren’t released as the investigation is ongoing, face drug charges in Germany on allegations they administrated the platform where cocaine, heroin and other drugs, as well as forged documents and other illegal materials, were sold.
They have also been charged in the United States, said Ryan White, a prosecutor with the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, who traveled to Germany for the announcement along with FBI and DEA agents.
“The charges filed in Germany and the United States will significantly disrupt the illegal sale of drugs on the darknet,” White told reporters.