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Darknet sting leads to 179 arrests worldwide, 5 indictments in Ohio

If you live in Cincinnati, then you may be familiar with Operation DisrupTor, which was aimed at reducing the number of online drug sales through the darknet. The group online has been accused of shipping and selling drugs around the world. Those drugs allegedly included counterfeit pills that were laced with the highly dangerous drug fentanyl.

Five people from the western U.S. have now been indicted in Cincinnati as a part of the crackdown. The court documents reported that these people included two 32-year-olds, two 36-year-olds and a 37-year-old.

In total, 179 people were arrested in the sting, and the authorities reported seizing over $6.5 million. The majority of the operation took place within the United States.

Why are these individuals being indicted in Ohio? It’s simple. The group is accused of sending those counterfeit drugs, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to Ohio. This operation started back in 2013, and in 2018 and 2019, agents made controlled buys and had items shipped into Ohio.

A major drug sting like this usually has plenty of evidence, but that doesn’t mean that the individuals involved don’t deserve a fair trial or fair treatment. It’s important to note that computer crimes and stings like this can occasionally affect people who were not involved. Additionally, not everyone who is involved should necessarily face the same penalties.

Anyone who faces drug charges after a major sting like this should be looking to put together a strong defense. Their rights may be on the line, so it’s very important for them to know the law and how it may affect them in the coming months before a trial.