The Federal Bureau of investigation, the U.S. currently has 130 different investigations related to cryptocurrency, writes Bloomberg. Special agent FBI Supervisory Kyle Armstrong said at the conference Crypto Evolved in new York that the Agency is investigating a variety of crimes including human trafficking, drugs, kidnapping and extortion, which have a component of cryptocurrency.
He also noted that in recent years the number of such crimes has increased, describing drug trafficking as one of the areas in which the FBI intends to pay special attention. About 10% of drug users around the world buy them online illegal digital marketplace. In some parts of the U.S. is also seeing growth in schemes of extortion, when criminals want to use cryptocurrencies.
Thus, these types of crimes, which the Agency assigned a “high hazard” represent only “a small piece” of things he has to work, said Armstrong. Unlike crimes where cash is used, the resistance of the blockchain greatly simplifies the process of tracking transactions, he added.
On the other hand, the anonymity and pseudonymity of cryptocurrency somewhat complicate the investigation of such crimes. Today it became known that the U.S. government is preparing to withdraw bitcoins from 4000 detainees narkotorgovtsev who were engaged in illegal activities on the Darknet. If the court agrees to the confiscation of scriptaction drug dealers, it will significantly swell cryptorouters USA.
But then, according to tradition, the authorities sell the bitcoins at auction. Last year, the U.S. Department of justice published a report on the work in the fight against drug trafficking, which among other things included a section dedicated to the cryptocurrency. It States that the money obtained by illegal means, often laundered through trade bitcoins with the mediation companies from China. It is reported by the Rambler.