German law enforcement agencies have seized nine telegram groups used as illicit drug marketplaces. The announcement was made by german authorities who said that the groups were “alternatives to the darknet”, according to the BKA. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the General Public Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt am Main and Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT) were all involved.
The BKA started the investigation into the Telegram groups began in June 2020 and it involved the public prosecutor’s offices in Bremen, Chemnitz, Essen, Hagen, Konstanz, and Mannheim.
28 suspected drug dealers and fraudsters were identified during the investigation. On October 29, 2020, law enforcement agencies across the country conducted simultaneous raids at 30 properties associated with the suspects. Four kilograms of narcotics, eight weapons, 8,000 euros, hard drives, and cellphones were seized during the searches. 13 out of the 28 people identified by investigators, allegedly participated in illicit drug trafficking. The authorities arrested only two suspects as of October 31: a 25 year old and a 19 year old from the District of Offenbach.
Nine telegram groups were seized in addition to the physical items during the searches. According to the press release, the 28 suspects of the investigation used the groups to traffic “drugs, forged documents, stolen information, and other illicit goods and services.”
These are Some of the seized Telegram groups:
- Silk Road;
- Cracked Accounts Shop
A seizure banner in the group by the BKA and prevented the trading bots from functioning in the future. The groups had a combined total of roughly 8,000 users.
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