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5 arrested in Europe in black market sting

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 9:28 am •  Published: February 13, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Five men have been arrested in Germany and the Netherlands in a sting operation against a website allegedly used to sell illegal drugs and weapons, authorities said Thursday.

A 21-year-old German man was arrested Tuesday in Bad Nauheim, near Frankfurt, on charges of computer fraud, membership in a criminal organization and drug violations on a European warrant issued by the Netherlands. The same day, prosecutors in the Netherlands said a man from Utrecht, 29, and two men from the eastern city of Enschede, aged 30 and 31, also were arrested on similar charges.

The four are accused of helping run the illegal online Internet portal Black Market Reloaded and its successor Utopia, whose servers are in Germany, Dutch authorities said. The site brings buyers and sellers together to sell black market goods, including drugs, guns and stolen credit cards, authorities said.

Undercover police purchased drugs — including several thousand ecstasy pills — and weapons through the sites, Dutch prosecutors said.

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