FBI and partners target online drug markets – FBI

Since these operations easily cross state and national borders and affect the flow of mail and a number of financial instruments, the response to them must be coordinated between federal partners. JCODE investigations combine forces from the FBI, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives . The Department of Justice, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Department of Defense, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection also provide expertise and support. Europol is an invaluable partner abroad, as are national and local agencies which provide crucial localized knowledge and support on the ground for investigations, searches and arrests.

When FBI agents, postal inspectors, and members of the Houston Police Narcotics Tactical Team showed up at the upscale apartment of a drug trafficking suspect, it contained all the traps of young money: exposed brick walls and wood floors, tables full of DJ equipment, huge televisions and several computers. Officers also discovered stacks of $ 100 bills in a locked suitcase and found drugs throughout the apartment.

Officers and agents searched four sites that day and arrested six people who are all believed to be involved in an active online drug market. In total, law enforcement seized more than $ 200,000 in cash and eight weapons from suspects.

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