Two Durham residents have been indicted on federal drug charges, part of a crackdown on Silk Road 2.0, a series of black market websites used to facilitate drug trafficking.
David Schell, 54, and Teri Schell, 59, were arrested after FBI agents learned they were accessing “Silk Road 2.0,” an illicit network of websites that facilitated the trafficking of contraband, particularly controlled substances, until its worldwide dismantlement on November 6.
On the same day the network was dismantled, agents searched the Schells’ residence and found more than 450 marijuana plants a significant amount of processed marijuana, marijuana wax, and 12,000 in cash.
According to court documents David Schell mailed more than 100 packages overseas between January and September of this year. David and Teri Schell have both been charged with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess marijuana with intent to distribute. David Schell faces an additional nine distribution charges.
Both suspects are out of custody and are scheduled to be arraigned on November 26 in Sacramento.
The Criminal complaint:
This article is another part in the article series dedicated to coverage of Operation Onymous, a global crackdown on dark net markets. During the operation, there were:
- 17 arrests
- 13 search warrants issued
- 276 hidden sites seized (27 sites total – among them, some known scam sites)
- Hardware and digital media seized
- Bitcoins worth approximately USD 1 000 000 and EUR 180 000 in cash, drugs, gold and silver seized
Countries involved in Operation Onymous include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Read all our other articles regarding Operation Onymous Here.