Three Germans who allegedly operated dark web marketplace with over one million users face US narcotics and money laundering charges

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May 3, 2019

Following a nearly two-year international investigation involving U.S. law enforcement and authorities in Germany and the Netherlands, federal prosecutors have charged three German nationals with being the administrators of Wall Street Market (WSM), which was one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces that allowed vendors to sell a wide variety of contraband, including an array of illegal narcotics, counterfeit goods and malicious computer hacking software.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna for the Central District of California, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott for the Eastern District of California, Assistant Director in Charge Paul Delacourt of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) San Francisco Division, Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigation, Inspector in Charge Michael Ray of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Acting Executive Associate Director Alysa D. Erichs of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made the announcement.