Another organized crime group active on the darknet has been shut down. Ten individuals have been arrested in Greece and France. The group is responsible for trafficking illegal steroids and accepting cryptocurrencies in exchange.
Illegal Steroids are Profitable
Several days, an investigation into an illegal steroid trafficking group came to an end. This is made possible thanks to a collaboration between Europol, French Customs, and the Financial Police Division of Hellenic Police. Nine individuals were arrested in Greece, and one in France. It is believed that they collected up to 2 million euro in payments.
All of these individuals are members of the same crime group. Production, storage, and trafficking illegal anabolic substances is prohibited by law. Additionally, the group is responsible for trafficking pharmaceutical substances to reduce side effects of anabolic steroids.
Materials to make the goods are sourced from China and France by one member. Other group members took care of smuggling steroids around the world. Their criminal activity spans from Greece to the UK and Canada to China.
Seized Items and Documents
All payments were made in cryptocurrency. It seems safe to assume bitcoin plays a prominent role in this regard. It is the most commonly used cryptocurrency in online crime. Europol has not confirmed any bitcoin has been seized during these arrests.
What has been taken, however, are 500,000 pieces of anabolic substances and other medicines. There was also a significant amount of raw material waiting to be turned into sellable goods.
Furthermore, over 10,000 euro in cash was seized. Officials also confiscated 16 mobile phones, 6 computers, and various [digital] documents.