Three men accused of operating the world’s second largest dark net marketplace for illegal drugs were arrested by police in western Germany.
The FBI assisted in the investigation and arrested two alleged drug traffickers in Los Angeles, confirmed by the German DPA news agency. The page was called “Empire Market”-now taken down.
There was seizure of cash and cryptocurrencies.
The dark web market is an internet environment beyond the scope of search engines from the mainstream.
A 31-year-old was arrested in Bad Vilbel by the German police, a man 22 years old in Kleve and a man 29 years old in Esslingen.
Investigators confirmed that they buy drugs from the Samsara Market and sell to the customers via Empire Market.
Researchers found more than 63,000 sales deals on the Empire Market and Samsara Market, more than 1.1 million customer accounts, and more than 5,400 sellers, according to a police spokesman.