Feds Arrest Alleged Owner of Online Drug Marketplace Silk Road

Silk Road’s Ross William “Dread Pirate Roberts” Ulbricht has been arrested and all his Bitcoin booty has been seized. Ulbricht is accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder a possible snitch, among other things. silkroadlogo

Via Time:

U.S. law enforcement officials have shut down down Silk Road, the online drug market, following a raid and an arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the site’s alleged proprietor.

According to a Justice Department release, Ulbricht, 29, was arrested in San Francisco and will be presented in San Francisco federal court Wednesday morning. Until Wednesday, the person who ran the site was known only by the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

In addition to arresting Ulbricht, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized approximately $3.6 million in Bitcoin, making it the second biggest seizure in the digital currency’s history.

Federal prosecutors in New York charged Ulbricht with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. A criminal complaint also alleges that in March 2013, Ulbricht engaged in a “murder-for-hire” scheme where he enlisted one Silk Road user to murder another Silk Road user who was threatening to release the identities of all of the website’s users.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    funny how they found this dude & shut him down
    but missed a bunch of Arabs planning 911

    well, officially the story is they didn’t miss them
    they just didn’t know what to do about it

    • EdenCovek

      you americans still think that 911 was from terrorist atack ?! WOW! Go look for mister Bush

      • BuzzCoastin

        no aMerkin is stupid enough to believe the official story
        but when you want to make those assholes look real stupid
        you have to mention the official fabricated story
        to highlight how absurd the official story is

        • Juan

          Whaddya talking about? I work in a building full of idjits who totally, absolutely, and unquestioningly have adapted the “official story” as their fucking reality. And dude, we’re talking supposedly educated attorneys and judges here.

          • BuzzCoastin

            this is really nothing more than self-serving schizophrenia
            I’ve encountered lots of Outer Party people
            who know the official story doesn’t make sense
            but are always prepared to give Uncle Homeland
            the benefit of the doubt
            because they think they need Uncle Homeland
            like a battered wife thinks she needs the battering husband

        • Trevor Smith

          Sadly the vast majority of americans are dumb enough to believe the official story, as far as I can tell.

  • Pastafari Hope

    No doubt law enforcement are cheering away at shutting down this infamous site and yet anyone who uses the deep web knows it’s simply one of 2-3 dozen anonymous marketplaces

    • BuzzCoastin

      the more publicity the “dark site” gets
      the more likely the take down
      that Forbes interview by DPR was a BIG MISTAKE

  • DeepCough

    The Silk Road had bandits then and still does now.

  • jose chung

    the feebs just didn’t appreciate the competition

    • DeepCough

      Dude, I thought you were dead!
      Love your work!

      • jose chung

        “So, i’ve decided to take my work back underground. To stop it falling into the wrong hands.”

  • BuzzCoastin

    O&BTW:
    if the “FBI” took down SR as they claim in the court documents
    there is no such thing as digital privacy for anyone anywhere anytime
    as if there ever was

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