Silk Road drug website founder was given two life sentences

Silk Road drug website founder was given two life sentences

Silk Road website founder got a life-long sentence for his online illegal drug business.

Silk Road website founder got a life-long sentence for his online illegal drug business.

Ross Ulbricht’s sold drugs for more than $200m anonymously through his website on the hidden ‘dark web’. New York state court accused him of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking and imprisoned the 31-year-old till the end of his days or even longer.

After Ulbricht was arrested at a public library in San Francisco by the police in 2013, so the site was closed and its founder was convicted of operating it that got the  from 2011.

The name of the site was taken from the historic trade routes passing over Europe, Asia and parts of Africa.
Users could access the Silk Road only through the system called Tor, which lets people use the web in ‘incognito’ mode without revealing their personality.

Silk Road, illegal site, selling all kinds of drugs.

Silk Road, illegal site, selling all kinds of drugs.

Despite the fact that Tor was created by the US government to provide people with anonymity, it has been often used with the illegal purposes. The majority of forbidden drugs such as heroin, cocaine and LSD could be bought or sold with the Bitcoin, a virtual currency that is almost impossible to monitor. Besides, a lot of other illegal products such as hacking equipment or stolen passports were available for buying on the site, which had just under a million registered users, according to documents from FBI.

District Judge Katherine Forrest claimed that Ulbricht wasn’t any better that any other drug-dealer, in spite of the fact he has two college degrees, so the court wouldn’t by tolerated. She also added that the Silk Road was his carefully planned work of the whole life.

Ulbricht made several attempt not to receive a life sentence but it was in vain.

I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age.
I’ve essentially ruined my life and broken the hearts of every member of my family and my closest friends.
I’m not a self-centred sociopathic person that was trying to express some inner badness. I do love freedom. It’s been devastating to lose it.

– said sentenced Ulbricht.

However, the court rejected Ulbricht’s request and he was given two life sentences.

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