Silk Road Drug Website Founder ‘Ross Ulbricht’ Jailed for Life

News - (on June 01, 2015 07:18 AM)

The founder of Silk Road drug website, and known mastermind behind online drug marketing, Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison by a US federal judge Friday

According to the Federal prosecutors Ross Ulbricht was managing his website hosted on the hidden "dark web" – that cannot be searched through normal search engines, has sold more than $200m (£131m) worth of drugs.

31 year old Ulbricht accused of convicting seven counts including conspiracy and money laundering. He is also accused of committing drug trafficking and computer hacking from 2011 to since the site was shut down in 2013.

However, it can be noticed that Ulbricht was well aware that he might have to face life sentence which could be seen in his pre-sentencing statement in which he tried to convince the court have some mercy “leave a small light at the end of the tunnel” and “an excuse to stay healthy.”

"I’ve had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age," Ulbricht wrote in a pre-sentencing statement. "Please leave a small light at the end of the tunnel, an excuse to stay healthy, an excuse to dream of better days ahead, and a chance to redeem myself in the free world before I meet my maker."


But, in court’s view, there was no room for mercy as an intelligent mastermind mind caused the deaths of at least six young people due to over drug dozes, as the statement by a Federal prosecutor in New York, United States of America suggests:

“Make no mistake: Ulbricht was a drug dealer and criminal profiteer who exploited people’s addictions and contributed to the deaths of at least six young people," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.  "Ulbricht went from hiding his cybercrime identity to becoming the face of cybercrime and as today’s sentence proves, no one is above the law.”

However, Ulbricht's pleas for leniency was rejected by U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest in New York in words “It was a carefully planned life’s work”


Silk Road?

Silk Road is commonly known as an historical trade rout spanning Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. However, here in a web dimension, it is a way operated which was in use as illegal marketplace goods to trade illegal goods like drugs, in what’s known as the Dark Web – a web place that cannot be easily accessible to all Internet users. The accuser with others were using these Dark Web places for illegal transactions made in Bitcoins, a digital currency that helped shield their identity with the help of Tor, which helps hide identity and place while a person accessing the internet.


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