After being absolutely obliterated as of late in the media, the FBI finally has some positive headlines.
The FBI recently developed an encrypted app as part of Operation Trojan Shield.
On Monday, the agency began to reveal the fruits of their labor, announcing the arrest of more than 250 individuals, drugs, millions in cash, and a massive cache of illegal weapons.
One for the Good Guys
With all the negative headlines the FBI has been generating lately, it was nice to see them get on the scoreboard in a big way to flip the narrative on the agency.
This arrest will do just that.
Operation Trojan Shield was a global operation with law enforcement in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
The development of the app started when Australian and American law enforcement brainstormed over a few beers, and ANOM was born.
Undercover agents had the app pre-installed on their phones and would hand them out to their targets and get them to recommend the app to other criminals in their network.
When these criminal networks thought they were securely planning their crimes, they were actually giving law enforcement every bit of information needed to take them all down.
Drug trafficker Hakan Ayik was among those that fell into the web.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Reece Kershaw stated, “I think given the threat that he faces, he’s best-off handing himself in to us as soon as he can (Ayik is currently believed to be in Turkey).
“What you’re seeing is that he was one of the coordinators of this particular device. So he’s essentially set up his own colleagues.
“And my view would be the sooner he hands himself in and to look after his family, he’s a wanted individual, the better for him and his family.”
The sting operation also took out an outlaw motorcycle gang that was “making $20 million net a month out of peddling drugs into this country.”
This is a HUGE win for all agencies involved but especially for the FBI, an agency that clearly needed a boost in the arm after an onslaught of negative headlines over the last half-dozen or so years.
Source: New York Post