A drug trafficking ring in Chile was discovered to be involved in Bitcoin mining operations, according to a report. Police found a room containing interconnected machines emitting heat and noise, which were confirmed to be dedicated to Bitcoin mining. It is suspected that the illegal operation was used for money laundering, with criminals purchasing mining machines using income from drug trafficking and converting Chilean pesos into Bitcoin. The article highlights the connection between illicit activities and cryptocurrency mining as a novel method. The local electrical grid limitations prevented all 19 machines from operating simultaneously.
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