Washington: On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department had shut down AlphaBay, a dark web market place accused of allowing a global trade in drugs, firearms, computer hacking tools and other illicit goods. AlphaBay allowed users to sell and buy opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, contributing to a rising drug epidemic in the United States. The operation included the arrest of suspected AlphaBay founder Alexandre Cazes .The move struck a blow to an international drug trade that has increasingly moved online in recent years. FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe said AlphaBay was ten times as large as Silk Road, a similar dark website the agency shut down in 2013. Similarly, Netherlands’ law enforcement had taken down Hansa Market, another dark web marketplace.