Silk Road has been a long gone story by now. We all remember the online network as the biggest black market for drug dealers. To be honest, it wasn’t until last year that I came to know about the website. A friend of mine was hooked on to heroin; he told me about it and that’s the whole thing.
Since last October, trials have been running against Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road founder and CEO. While the authorities are against the poor bastard, a majority of folks have taken sides with him. New York’s Preet Bharara made an announcement concerning Mr. Ulbricht’s sentencing by saying that he “could now face a minimum of 30 years in prison.”
Why so? If you must know, depending on the volume of Silk Road’s operation, and over $1 Billion in revenue. All of this adds up to king pin charges, which is why Ross is facing decades of prison time.
According to law making officials king pin charges are usually meant for drug lords, cartel and mafiosos. Since Ross was heading a network with a gigantic profit stream and users who were independently selling drugs in bulk through the site’s account management system, it all boils down to serious consequences.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security claims that Silk Road had more than 100,000 active users; all of them buying and selling drugs. The website had categories for different types of drugs, such as but not limited to:
- CNS Stimulants
In one of the recent statements, the DoJ writes, “Silk Road emerged as the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet, serving as a sprawling black-market bazaar where unlawful goods and services, including illegal drugs of virtually all varieties, were bought and sold regularly by the site’s users.
While in operation, Silk Road was used by several thousand drug dealers and other unlawful vendors to distribute hundreds of kilograms of illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services to well over a hundred thousand buyers, and to launder hundreds of millions of dollars deriving from these unlawful transactions.”
The 29 year old Ross Ulbricht’s official arrest warrants were released prior to October 1, 2013. The arrest was made on October 1. Months before his arrest, the FBI’s computer forensics teams started sending loads of bogus traffic to the website to create a bottleneck issue for real users. Eventually, the network crammed down in terms of performance.
Users started complaining about poor performance issues. Also, a small portion of their online transactions wouldn’t go through because of a “high volume of traffic load on servers.” The Silk Road transactions were conducted in BitCoins; the one and only virtual currency on the internet these days.
Here’s the ironic thing: ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation decorated the main Silk Road website with the official seizure notice, Silk Road 2.0 has been known to come into existence. As of now, the revamped version is actively partaking in same activities where its predecessor took off.
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