From December 9 to 11, a European-led coordinated operation by Europol was targeted at several dozen suspects for acquiring counterfeit money through darknet. The suspects were linked to the counterfeit currency network dismantled by the Judiciary Police in July through the National Anti-Corruption Unit.
The network used darknet to advertise fake notes and orders were received either by private messages, on the same network, or through encrypted chat platforms. After making their payment, usually through cryptocurrency, the notes were sent by post from Portugal, the country where they were being produced.
After analyzing the evidence collected by the Judicial Police, the various counterfeit transactions were identified. The information was communicated to Europol and subsequently optimized and disseminated to all affected countries. According to the PJ statement, 36 home searches were carried out and 44 suspects were identified and interrogated and 11 were detained. Police also seized counterfeit bills, drugs, counterfeit documents, as well as virtual coins and doping substances.