The three Germans, 22, 29 and 31, were arrested between 23 and 24 April and, during searches at their homes, agents of the Federal Investigations Department (BKA, in German) seized more than 550 thousand euros in cash and several thousand in crypto-coins and bitcoins, among others, and several top-of-the-range vehicles.
Police also seized the platform’s servers as well as numerous other tests, including computers, data carriers and a firearm, which were in the 22-year-old’s home.
Through this platform, accessible only through the TOR network in the “darknet”, drugs were mainly traded, including cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamines, confidential data, false documents and unauthorized software.
By the time it was closed, the platform had more than 63,000 active offers for sale, as well as over 1,150,000 customer accounts and more than 5,400 suppliers.
The investigations also included the Central Office for the Fight against Crime on the Internet (HAZ) of the Frankfurt Public Prosecutor’s Office and the BKA, police authorities in the United States and the Netherlands and the European Police Office (Europol).