German police bust major online criminal marketplace

March 01, 2024 | 14:56
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German police on Friday said they had made arrests and searched dozens of properties in major raids targeting the largest German-language criminal marketplace on the internet.
German police bust major online criminal marketplace
German police bust major online criminal marketplace, illustration photo/ Source:

Duesseldorf police said the swoop took place in Germany and abroad on Thursday evening, adding that a special task force had for years collected evidence against the "Crimemarket" online trading platform.

The police told AFP several arrests were made and sweeping searches conducted as part of a "coordinated action", but declined to give further details ahead of a planned press conference at 1300 GMT.

The "Crimemarket" website offered drugs for sale as well as criminal services and "detailed instructions for serious crimes", Duesseldorf police said.

They described the website as "the largest German-language criminal trading platform on the internet".

The police operation targeted not only the operators of the site but also the sellers and buyers, the statement added.


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