Major raid in 10 European countries

The Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT) and the Hessian LKA have searched the homes of 16 suspects in Hesse as part of a Europe-wide day of action against counterfeit money trafficking on the Darknet. Numerous computers and data carriers were seized.

The Hessians (18-68) are alleged to have bought counterfeit money in different denominations from an Austrian on two illegal trading platforms in the Darknet between 2016 and 2018, in order to subsequently put it into circulation. The Austrian was already arrested on June 26.

Apartments in Frankfurt, Kassel, Oberursel, Offenbach, Darmstadt-Dieburg, Groß-Gerau, Limburg-Weilburg, Waldeck- Frankenberg, Werra-Meißner district and in the Wetterau region were searched.

In the nationwide strike, more than 160 suspects were checked in 16 German states.

In addition to Germany, house searches were also carried out in Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

thereby on Thursday Four men from the north Hessian Bad Arolsen, in the district Waldeck-Frankenberg were arrested and were in custody, said a spokeswoman for the Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT). The 27- to 29-year-olds are said to have been active since the end of 2018 and have since achieved a turnover of at least half a million euros. Evidence was seized during searches, the evaluation of which is ongoing, she said.

The men are also alleged to have illegally traded drugs and prescription medicines on the darknet.

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