The US Department of Justice (DOJ) together with the FBI [official websites] have seized and shut down [DOJ press release] AlphaBay, a criminal marketplace on the "dark web" on Thursday. The site, which has reportedly been operating on the dark web for the last two years, was used to sell numerous illicit products including illegal narcotics, computer hacking tools, malware, firearms, fraudulent identification documents, counterfeit products, and toxic chemicals. A majority of the business done on the site involved illicit narcotics, predominantly heroin and fentanyl. AlphaBay was shut down after an operation involving law enforcement agencies from seven separate nations and Europol [official website] managed to seize the site's infrastructure. In a statement [text] to the press, Attorney General Jeff Sessions [official profile] called the event "the largest dark net marketplace takedown in history."Another dark marketplace called the Hansa Market was also taken down by the same agencies on Thursday.
President Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Sessions, is expected to release a report next week that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking the plant.
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Sessions sent a letter in May asking congressional leaders to do away with an amendment to the DOJ budget prohibiting the agency from using federal funds to prevent states "from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana."