8 Arrested in Online Narcotics Operation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal authorities in Los Angeles say eight people have been arrested on allegations they ran a secret online narcotics marketplace that sold controlled substances to about 3,000 customers throughout the United States and in 34 countries.

A Department of Justice statement Monday says arrests were made in the Netherlands and Colombia, and domestically in Iowa, Michigan, Georgia, New York, New Jersey and Florida.

A newly unsealed indictment follows a two-year probe led by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Los Angeles Field Division, with assistance from international agencies.

The indictment alleges the defendants were part of a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances around the globe through an online marketplace that allowed independent sources of supply to anonymously advertise illegal drugs for sale to the public.

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