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Silk Road drug website founder jailed

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The founder of online illegal drug marketplace "The Silk Road", Ross Ulbricht, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say that his dark web site sold more than $200m (£131m) worth of drugs anonymously.

He was found guilty of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

The site was shut down in 2013 after police arrested Ulbricht.

In February he was was convicted by a federal court in New York of operating the site for nearly three years from 2011.

Users used the online currency Bitcoin to purchase drugs such as heroin, cocaine and LSD.

The untraceable deals earned him at least $18m.

Prosecutors say that six people who died from overdoses bought drugs via the site.

 

The Silk Road was only accessible on the dark web, a part of the internet that requires the specialist Tor software to access.

Tor was created by the US government to help provide activists with anonymity but is now often used to mask illegal transactions.

As well as drugs, the Silk Road also offered hacking equipment and stolen passports.

Prosecutors had sought the heavy sentence as a deterrent.

US District Judge Katherine Forrest told Ulbricht that he was "no better a person than any other drug dealer".

"There must be no doubt that lawlessness will not be tolerated," she told a tearful Ulbricht.

Ulbricht had expressed remorse and had written to the judge begging to not receive a life sentence as it was akin to a death sentence.

"I know you must take away my middle years," he wrote. "but please leave me my old age."

 

The 31-year-old physics graduate and former boy scout was handed five sentences: one for 20 years, one for 15 years, one for five and two for life. All are to be served concurrently with no chance of parole.

The judge handed out the most severe sentence available to the man US authorities identified as “Dread Pirate Roberts”, pseudonymous founder of an Amazon-like online market for illegal goods.

 

 

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life without the possibility of parole

 

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its not even that, I'm sure I've heard of dealers making more than $20m profits and not getting such a huge sentence

its because of it being a new medium, they have to set precedence

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All this setting a new precedence is bullshit, the courts shouldnt entertain public opinion and move accordingly.

By the time guy is old, we'll look back whilst purchasing a 8th from a vending machine along with a cola as barberic.

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What did he think was gonna happen lol.

It was an only a matter of time before this happened

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Because the crime isn't worse than murder or child abuse yet they're allowed back out at some point in their life and he isn't..

He made a website, take his P, give him 15 years and that's already pushing the limits on what he deserves but life without parole at 31? Na real tears

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well it doesn't fit

 

the BMF brothers got 30 years each and they're said to have made $270 million through their work

the amount this site has shifted was $200m, and the guy only made $18 million

 

not to mention how this operation would have had much less violence, gang involvement, corruption, etc, that traditional drug operations would involve

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I think the issue was, this site made drugs more easily accessible to the middle classes, and that must have upset people.

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its not even that, I'm sure I've heard of dealers making more than $20m profits and not getting such a huge sentence

its because of it being a new medium, they have to set precedence

 

 

DASORR

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Because the crime isn't worse than murder or child abuse yet they're allowed back out at some point in their life and he isn't..

 

 

Morally I agree, but drugs do damage that cannot be measured so simply

 

Drugs can help create the situations/environment that breed monsters that commit the crimes you're talking.

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Shit. My uni mate got arrested for his silk road dealings. He's also a physics grad, but only in early 20's. Haven't heard any recent updates of his case, but after this, its not looking great...

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sh*t. My uni mate got arrested for his silk road dealings. He's also a physics grad, but only in early 20's. Haven't heard any recent updates of his case, but after this, its not looking great...

 

 

Peak times for your mate.

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doubt he'll be tried in any way different to a normal drug dealer

 

building a black market infrastructure and participating in it are two very different things

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Meant in terms of making an example out of those involved. Saw on the news he was one of only 3 or 4 to get arrested in the city.

 

But, I bumped into him last year and he seemed pretty optimistic about how long he'd be around for.

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