FBI Takes Down Silk Road, Alleged Internet Drug Market
'Dread Pirate Roberts' faces a slew of charges
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2013 12:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – The FBI has pulled the plug at least temporarily on a website accused of serving as a sort of Amazon.com for illegal drugs, reports the Verge. Undercover agents reportedly made dozens of purchases on the Silk Road website since late 2011, and the FBI today announced the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," reports Reuters. He faces a slew of charges, including narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy. Anyone who manages to reach the site is now greeted with an FBI notice announcing that it's been seized.

So what is, or was, Silk Road exactly? Last week, Winston Ross at the Daily Beast provided an in-depth primer. "Silk Road, for the uninitiated, is the eBay of illicit substances, from MDMA to LSD," he writes. It offers legal merchandise, too, but drugs are the main attraction. "Because you have to travel through an encrypted wormhole to get there, and because you have to use a difficult-to-trace, encrypted currency to pay for anything, it’s a relatively safe place to buy drugs." And, a la eBay, sellers are ranked, "a relatively certain way to ensure that the drugs on offer aren’t cut with crap and aren’t going to kill you." Click for his full post.

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Oct 2, 2013 11:53 PM CDT
Great job . Wish they work on Honolulu drug problem I don't know what they call them self Hawaiian mafia, drug house , drugdealers some been selling drugs for 40 years maybe 2 or 3 generation to be in business this long must be friend with law or family ties with law .they have killed to some people I guess they will be in business next 40 years to many mafia friends around Waianae
Oct 2, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
Well, darn. There goes my day job.
Oct 2, 2013 3:40 PM CDT
Billions and billions of dollars spent and thousands and thousands of laws made, and the government hasn't made a dent in drug sales or drug use. Why do they think this will work, when they have proof that it doesn't work, just like prohibition didn't work. What a waste of time, money, jail space, and lives; and for what? If you go to jail for using pot (or other) you can wind up losing your family, your job, your hope for a future and live in your car, if you still have that. That just doesn't sound like justice to me. People will say, "Well just don't do it then". Well, people do, and always will because they always think "It won't happen to me". But, they don't deserve to lose their lives because of it.