Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BREAKING: More Silk Road Arrests

AP reports:

Authorities in Britain, Sweden, and the United States have arrested eight more people following last week's closure of Silk Road, a notorious black market website which helped dealers to sell drugs under the cloak of anonymity, officials and media said Tuesday.

In the U.K., the country's newly-established National Crime Agency warned that more arrests were on the way[...]

Britain's National Crime Agency said it had seized millions of pounds (dollars) worth of bitcoins, the electronic currency used on the site, and the agency's director general, Keith Bristow, said in a statement that other online drug dealers should expect a knock on their door.

"These latest arrests are just the start; there are many more to come," he said.


Via AP:

U.S. authorities have charged two people in Bellevue, Washington, a city just east of Seattle, after identifying one of them as a top seller on Silk Road. He was arrested on Oct. 2, while his alleged accomplice turned herself in the next day.

In Sweden, two men from the coastal city of Helsingborg were arrested on suspicion of distributing cannabis over Silk Road, the local Helsingborgs Dagblad reported Tuesday. The newspaper did not say when the pair had been detained.


Via the BBC:

Four men have been arrested in the UK over their role in illegal online marketplace Silk Road.

Three men in their early 20s were arrested in Manchester while a fourth man, in his 50s, was detained in Devon.

The men were initially arrested on suspicion of drug offences. More arrests are expected in the coming weeks.

Such sites would be a "key priority" for the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), its director general said.

The Silk Road, one of the world's largest websites selling illegal drugs, has now been closed down.

Ross Ulbricht, the alleged operator of the site was arrested in San Francisco by the FBI at the beginning of October.

Last week 40-year-old Steven Lloyd Sadler was arrested in Seattle. He is alleged to be one of the most prolific sellers on the Silk Road.


  1. "These 3 million Vietnamese we slaughtered are just the beginning. There are many millions more to come. We will squish all of these ants until they are eradicated" --General Westmorland

  2. Too bad. Freedom fighters and market providers will not be tolerated.

  3. I feel safer already.

  4. Someone will do for online exchanges something like Bitcoin did for electronic currency and Tor did for browsing. There must be a way to decentralize it; putting it all at a single address seems so antiquated.