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Silk Road Vendor CaliConnect Admits Marijuana Distribution

The darknet vendor known for using the password “asshole209” to decrypt messages—David Ryan Burchard—recently pleaded guilty to drug distribution that dated as far back as the Silk Road era. He admitted his guilt regarding the conspiracy to distribute marijuana charge and the possession with intent to distribute charge. The charges, of course, pertained to Burchard’s darknet activities. He sold (mainly) ... Read More »

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Silk Road 3.1 “Got Hacked,” Owner Claims Bankruptcy

On July 19, another marketplace—one barely on the market list—exited the scene. The market that left, Silk Road 3.1, absconded in a classic exit scam. Many community members were surprised that Silk Road 3.1 had even existed, given that the Silk Road branding died years ago. SR 3.1 claimed someone had compromised the market and took off with the funds. ... Read More »

Silk Road Founder Loses Life Sentence Appeal

On May 31, 2017, a federal appeals court upheld the rulings made by US District Judge Kathleen Forrest and thereby confirmed Ross Ulbricht’s life sentence. Ulbricht received a lifetime in prison without a chance of parole in 2015. His defense prepared “dozens of pages” that challenged her decisions. The judges dismissed everything brought to their attention. However, the the three ... Read More »

Corrupt Fed’s “Frivolous” Appeal Denied in Silk Road Case

At least two former members of the US law enforcement agencies tasked with taking down the Silk Road demonstrated gross abuse of power. One of the two, a former Secret Service agent named Shaun W. Bridges, stole more than $800,000 in bitcoins from Silk Road accounts. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg convicted Bridges of the theft in 2015 and ... Read More »

Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Almost Ended Up In Jail Due To A Water Leak In 2011

Ross Ulbricht, the convicted administrator of the infamous Silk Road Marketplace, was almost arrested by law enforcement authorities thanks to a water leak in 2011. According to American Kingpin, a new book by Nick Bilton documenting the rise and fall of Silk Road, Ulbricht started cultivating hallucinogenic mushrooms in early 2011. His master plan was to grow and harvest the ... Read More »

Prosecutors in Norway Want Silk Road Vendors’ Bitcoin

Three Norwegian men who were originally arrested in 2015 in connection with drug dealing on the original Silk Road web site, as well as on Silk Road 2.0, have finally been charged. Prosecutors in the case are demanding the accused drug dealers pay 120 BTC, in addition to 3.1 million Norwegian kroner. The country has never before asked for payment ... Read More »

Supreme Court to Hear Alleged Silk Road Admin’s Appeal

For the past three years, an alleged Silk Road admin named Gary Davis fought extradition to the United States. As his impending extradition drew nearer, his fate looked bleaker and bleaker. The Court of Appeal dismissed Davis’s appeal and although laws prevented extradition within 15 days off that decision, US Marshals flew in less than a week later with a ... Read More »

Former Silk Road 2.0 Buyer Sentenced to Prison

On March 13, acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker sentenced a Michigan man to prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Michael Carlton Paiva, the defendant, bought significant quantities of drugs from vendors on the Silk Road 2.0. The feds watched him until 2017 when they gathered enough evidence to send Paiva ... Read More »

US Silk Road 2.0 Reseller Sentenced To Prison

Michael Carlton Paiva, a 30-year-old man from Norton Shores, was sentenced to prison for ordering various substances from the dark net and reselling them to his customers locally. The suspect was arrested as part of an international law enforcement operation. Operation Onymous, a joint police action between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol, and local authorities, resulted in the bust ... Read More »

Alleged Silk Road Admin Plans to Take Case to the Supreme Court

The alleged admin behind the Silk Road forums, Gary Davis, planned another appeal, so to speak, of his Court ordered extradition. John B Peart, Davis’s chief council confirmed that the defense moved to reach the Supreme Court before a small window of time on Irish ground passed. Davis fought the US extradition order since his 2014 arrest on the basis ... Read More »

Millions of Dollars Lost in Case Against Silk Road Vendor

On Thursday, February 11, 2017, a Potsdam Regional Court heard investigators explain the case of a successful darknet drug dealer. The story varied only slightly from that of any other such drug dealer. The issue, and reason the story made the news, became apparent as more data surfaced. Investigators in Brandenburg claimed the defendant was the most successful drug dealer ... Read More »

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Update In Silk Road Vendor’s Case In The Netherlands

A 37-year-old, also known as “Willy”, from Groningen, the Netherlands, was arrested for allegedly running a vendor shop on the infamous Silk Road Marketplace selling narcotics. Earlier this month, the Public Prosecutor (OM) recommended a sentence of fifteen months (five suspended) in prison. However, there is an update in the case. According to official court information, the suspect allegedly used ... Read More »

Silk Road Vendor Pleaded Guilty to Drug Distribution in Fatal Overdose Case

Kevin Campbell, a drug treatment worker from Chicago pleaded guilty to the distribution of controlled substances via the Silk Road marketplace. After a one-year investigation between 2013 and 2014, Chicago law enforcement raided Campbell’s Chicago home and found further evidence to connect the suspect to a 2013 crime in Bellevue, Washington. In August 2013, Washington emergency response crews attended a ... Read More »

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Dutch Silk Road Narcotics Vendor Faces Prison

The Public Prosecutor (OM) recommended a sentence of fifteen months (five months suspended) in prison for a 37-year-old from Groningen, the Netherlands for selling drugs on the Silk Road Marketplace. According to the OM, the suspect sold hard narcotics on the infamous Silk Road Marketplace. The 37-year-old used his own room at a residential building on the Oude Boteringestraat in ... Read More »