Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht Loses His Life Sentence Appeal

An appeal for every person, who cares about the future of Bitcoin, to help with what I can call one of the most unfair persecutions in the long history of the false persecutions.

Hello, Bitcoin! On this special day, which I hope we all celebrate, I want to bring to your attention a famous story amongst the older Bitcoiners, but almost unknown to the new ones. This is the story of Ross Ulbricht, one of the people with the biggest contributions for the development of the Bitcoin community.
Ross has now spent over five years in prison and has paid a heavy price. He was an idealistic entrepreneur who never intended harm. If released tomorrow, he would never break the law again. He clings to the hope of reuniting with his family, and dreams of a future where he can use his education, knowledge and skills to contribute to his community and society as a whole.
As it's written in his official website, which I will link below:
Ross Ulbricht is serving a double life sentence + 40 years without parole for all non-violent charges, for what prosecutors claim was his role in the Silk Road website.
The conviction is obviously false and unfair, which is why I'm appealing to you today! This is his website, in case you want to learn more/support him in his fight for justice and freedom!
Let's show everyone the power of the crypto community and that we can make a difference! Please, sign this petition if you believe he deserves to breathe free air!!
EDIT: If you also want to donate to his campaign, here is his Bitcoin address:
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Irish man to be extraditeded to US - Admin of Silk Road
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the extradition to the United States of a Wicklow man, alleged to be an administrator of the Silk Road website, which dealt with illegal drugs and hacking software.
Gary Davis of Johnstown Court, Kilpedder, Co Wicklow, will now face trial in the US on charges including conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
He had opposed his extradition on a number of grounds, including that he has Asperger's syndrome.
If convicted in the US, Mr Davis could receive a life sentence.
This morning, in what was a unanimous decision, the five-judge court comprised of Mr Justice Donal O'Donnell, Mr Justice William McKechnie, Mr Justice John MacMenamin, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne and Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley, dismissed his appeal aimed at preventing his extradition to the US.
Giving the court's decision, Mr Justice McKechnie said the court was satisfied that Mr Davis had not established that there was a real risk that his fundamental rights would be infringed if extradited to the US.
All grounds of the appeal were rejected by the court and the judge said Mr Davis had failed to show any error in law made by the High Court in this case.
Mr Davis was present in court for the decision.
The court granted his lawyers a 48-hour stay on his surrender to allow his lawyers advise him on the judgment and to consider a possible referral of the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Members of his family were visibly upset after the court delivered its judgment.
Mr Davis's extradition was ordered by the High Court 2016 and in March 2017 his appeal against that order was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
Mr Davis claimed that if he is extradited he will be detained in an inhumane and degrading manner in a US detention centre and in breach of his rights under the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights to bodily integrity and his right to life.
Mr Davis, represented by Cormac Ó Dúlacháin SC and John Peart SC, said the case raises issues including whether the State is constitutionally obliged to protect vulnerable persons with a mental illness who are the subject of an extradition request.
It was also claimed there was evidence that Mr Davis's mental condition would deteriorate if held at a US facility where he would have no assurances about what treatment would be available to him.
If detained in the US for a lengthy period Mr Davis, who has a high dependency on his family, would have very limited access to his family members.
Given his condition, this would also have a detrimental effect on Mr Davis's mental health, it was argued.
The Attorney General opposed the appeal and argued there is nothing to prevent Mr Davis's extradition to the US.
The US authorities claim Mr Davis was an administrator of the Silk Road website using the pseudonym 'Libertas' between June 2013 and October 2013.
They also allege Mr Davis had an "explicit knowledge of the items for sale on the website".
The website is said to have facilitated the sale of illicit drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth and hacking software.
Launched in 2011, it was run by American Ross William Ulbricht, under the pseudonym 'Dread Pirate Roberts'.
It offered anonymity to its users and trades were conducted in bitcoins.
Ulbricht was arrested and charged following an investigation by the US authorities and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mr Davis's alleged involvement was identified from information extracted from Ulbricht's computers following his arrest by the FBI.
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01-03 13:13 - 'An appeal for every person, who cares about the future of Bitcoin, to help with what I can call one of the most unfair persecutions in the long history of the false persecutions.' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/Kaloyan14 removed from /r/Bitcoin within 650-660min

Hello, Bitcoin! On this special day, which I hope we all celebrate, I want to bring to your attention a famous story amongst the older Bitcoiners, but almost unknown to the new ones. This is the story of Ross Ulbricht, one of the people with the biggest contributions for the development of the Bitcoin community.
Ross has now spent over five years in prison and has paid a heavy price. He was an idealistic entrepreneur who never intended harm. If released tomorrow, he would never break the law again. He clings to the hope of reuniting with his family, and dreams of a future where he can use his education, knowledge and skills to contribute to his community and society as a whole.
As it's written in his official website, which I will link below:
Ross Ulbricht is serving a double life sentence + 40 years without parole for all non-violent charges, for what prosecutors claim was his role in the Silk Road website.
The conviction is obviously false and unfair, which is why I'm appealing to you today! This is [his website]1 , in case you want to learn more/support him in his fight for justice and freedom!
Let's show everyone the power of the crypto community and that we can make a difference! Please, sign [this petition]2 if you believe he deserves to breathe free air!!

An appeal for every person, who cares about the future of Bitcoin, to help with what I can call one of the most unfair persecutions in the long history of the false persecutions.
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Redditor enters /r/law with a post titled "ROSS ULBRICHT IS INNOCENT".

For those of you who don't know:
...according to the FBI, Ross Ulbricht is the owner and manager of the Silk Road, an anonymous narcotics marketplace that generated about $1.2 billion in revenue since its creation early 2011. On Tuesday afternoon, the FBI arrested Ulbricht at a San Francisco public library. The 29-year-old now faces charges of money laundering, narcotics trafficking conspiracy and computer hacking.
He was recently sentenced to life for running this online drug market. The sentence was so severe impart to due to the contracts he took out with a hitman (who apparently turned out to be a conman) to murder five people to protect his criminal empire. This is an extract from the sentencing summary:
He proved quite ruthless in seeking to protect his illegal empire, attempting on multiple occasions to solicit murders for hire in order to deal with perceived threats to his operation. At trial, the Government introduced evidence of five of those attempted murders-for-hire. (GX-936). As the Government made clear, no one, thankfully, was actually killed as a result of Ulbricht’s actions; the “hitman” involved in these five attempts appears to have been a conman. But – contrary to Ulbricht’s absurd suggestion in his sentencing submission that these murder-for-hire attempts were mere “masquerade” or “role-playing,” (Def.’s Ltr. dated May 22, 2015, at 37) – Ulbricht clearly believed that all of the murders were real and intended for them to occur. He paid for them with $650,000 in Bitcoins – transferred directly from a Bitcoin wallet on his laptop. He coldly noted the arrangement and execution of the murders-for-hire in entries in his “log” file on his computer.
This has caused /bitcoin to go into somewhat of a meltdown and some of the drama has already ended up in SRD here.
The latest offshoot is when a redditor enters /law with a self-post titled "ROSS ULBRICHT IS INNOCENT" and with the following text:
Ross Ulbricht is Innocent. All he did was program computers. By submitting this text post, I have programmed a computer.
Ross Ulbricht was convicted for being a political dissident in the drug war. His subjective beliefs and expressions are not an element of racketeering or trafficking. He had no means or opportunity to sell or buy drugs, he contributed to a computer program. What happens when these programs become independent of human intervention? Silk Road was an interface, not an operation or business. Ross Ulbricht is not the Dread Pirate Roberts. The DRP is a cartoon character in a childrens story.
This case is an example of how technology outstrips the human capacity to grasp ideas. Saying he ran a drug business is like saying I work for Uber or Lyft. Uber and Lyft are phone apps, not companies (I know there are also companies by those name)
I saw a youtube video where a cop in Pittsburgh asked a driver , "are you a taxi?" I felt like saying "No officer, I'm an 18 wheeler but tomorrow I'll be a chair"
Confusing people with things is endemic.
The responses to this redditor's unique legal perspective are not encouraging and lead to some hilarious slapfights.
The redditor argues with the denizens of /law here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
The thread is also linked to by /badlegaladvice here and /buttcoin here.
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Roger Ver, the self-proclaimed "Bitcoin Evangelist", fails miserably at Bitcoin evangelism and is an embarrassment to the Bitcoin community

Here's a message from the decentralized Bitcoin community for Roger Ver, the self-proclaimed "Bitcoin Evangelist": When you publicly advocate support for Ross Ulbricht, who is charged with numerous serious offenses (money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, and planning to kill 1 person), you are NOT at all being helpful to the Bitcoin cause. Needless to say: Bitcoin already has a fairly sullied reputation due to its early history of association with criminal activites (e.g., Silk Road). We are reminded of this with nearly every media story related to Bitcoin. But the fact that Roger Ver not only doesn't help to improve this reputation but actively compounds it with ongoing support of Ross Ulbricht is staggeringly foolish (particularly for someone who claims to want to help Bitcoin succeed). Let me put this plainly: Most global citizens (and prospective Bitcoin users) DO NOT support criminal activity or people who help facilitate criminal activity or even people who are charged with facilitating criminal activity. If you do support that sort of thing (you might call it libertarianism, though others would call it anarchism), that's your choice. But if you think you're going to encourage (and not hinder) prospective Bitcoin adoption with that point of view, then you are completely frigging deluded.
A few details that may help explain the motivations of Roger Ver: "May 2, 2002 The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced today that Roger Ver was sentenced to 10 months in prison for selling explosives on the online auction site, eBay. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel following a guilty plea on one count of dealing in explosives without a license in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 842(a)(1); one count of illegally storing explosives in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 842(j); and one count of mailing injurious articles in violation Title 18, United States Code, Section 1716. Mr. Ver, 22, of San Jose, was charged in an information filed in federal district court on August 8, 2001. According to the plea agreement, Mr. Ver admitted to engaging in the business of selling explosives without a license from January 1999 through August 2000. According to the information and plea agreement, Mr. Ver sold explosive devices described as “Pest Control Report 2000” on the online auction site eBay. He purchased approximately 49 pounds of the devices from a supplier in South Carolina, and sold at least 14 pounds of the devices to bidders on eBay. While engaging in the business of selling explosive devices, Mr. Ver stored the explosives in a residential apartment building and mailed the devices via the United States Mail in a manner contrary to Postal Service regulations. Judge Fogel sentenced the Defendant to 10 months in federal prison, a fine of $2,000, as well as a three-year period of supervised release. The Defendant will begin serving the sentence on August 2, 2002. The prosecution was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms."
Is it just a coincidence that Roger Ver, a convicted felon, who was prosecuted by the U.S. government, is supporting Ross Ulbricht, who is similarly charged with serious offences by the U.S. government?
Is it just a coincidence that Roger has renounced his U.S. citizenship and is currently selling citizenship in St. Kitts for Bitcoin?
No, I would say that is certainly not a coincidence.
I would say that it's fairly clear that Roger Ver (aka "Bitcoin Jesus"): a. strongly dislikes the U.S. government b. has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to circumvent U.S. laws for his own personal gain c. has demonstrated his support of others (e.g., Ross Ulbricht) who are alleged to have circumvented U.S. laws for their own personal gain
In summary: As a self-described "Bitcoin Evangelist", Roger Ver, you are a complete fail.
May I recommend instead, if you are truly interested in advancing the Bitcoin cause around the world: Just STFU and stay out of the headlines. (Contrary to your delusions: You are actually an embarrassment and a negative drag on the Bitcoin community.)
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Silk Road founder will get life in prison after losing court appeal

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Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht is set to serve life in prison after he lost his court appeal this week.
Ulbricht earned seven convictions - including money laundering and narcotics conspiracy - for operating the drug marketplace in 2015, filing his appeal later that same year, and arguing it in court in 2016.
Ulbricht's appeal claimed that the court should not have seen documents obtained in alleged breach of Fourth Amendment rights, and that it made mistakes during his trial process that should have led to a mistrial.
Ulbricht - also known as "Dread Pirate Roberts" online - also contended that the lifetime sentence handed down by the judge was unreasonable, forcing him to spend longer in prison than others convicted of similar charges.
In this case, his sentence is unusually long due to a "Kingpin" charge prosecutors were able to make stick - a conviction usually reserved for major cartel leaders designed to ensure they remain behind bars for the rest of their lives.
While Ulbricht himself wasn't a major drug dealer in the classic mold, the hefty sentence shows how law enforcement officials saw his Silk Road network, and how it helped to redefine the global narcotics black market.
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Five biggest Bitcoin disasters of all time; read why should not invest in virtual currency

The frenzy around world's biggest virtual currency, Bitcoin, has reached a level where it's impossible for you not to think about investing in it. Every day Bitcoin is setting up a new benchmark, luring you to become a part of this unpredictable financial cycle. At the same time, some financial institutions such as JP Morgan Chase and Berkshaire Hathway have debunked the "bitcoin mania", calling it a "fraud" and warning people against falling for the "Bitcoin trap". Being the most popular and an unregulated, or independent currency, Bitcoin is vulnerable to online sharks - hackers - waiting for the right time to dig in their claws to steal money. A recent example: hackers stole over $80 million in Bitcoins by breaking into Slovenian-based virtual currency mining marketplace NiceHash on Wednesday. As per Coindesk, a similar virtual currency exchange, one third of the two third Bitcoins mined are lost forever. Reuters says more than 9, 80,000 Bitcoins have been stolen from exchanges since 2011, roughly around $1, 57, 780, 04900 as per the current price. The reason for disappearance can be anything like hacking, or hardware failure. So is Bitcoin a monetary revolution - and you must be a part of it - or should you keep a distance? Bitcoin advocates swear by its anonymous founder Satoshi Nakamoto's super complex algorithm called Blockchain, an online distributed ledger system that maintains the data related to every single Bitcoin transaction. Bitcoins are stored in an open online decentralised ledger where every single transaction is verified by the cryptocurrency miners spread all over the world, competing with each other for a bitcoin reward. Every miner can access the ledger and the system reflects each small development. They say the system is impossible to hack as it's not centralised like Federal Reserve Bank of the US, or any other central bank. The mainstream institutions pose the same argument saying since there's no solid system to back it up if things go haywire, so it's not reliable. In entirety, it seems like a zero sum game. But before you take the plunge, read these five biggest financial disasters associated with Bitcoin that pose serious questions on its reliability.
Silk Road that was full of rocks Ross Ulbricht, the pseudonymous proprietor of the website Silk Road, used Bitcoin for illegal transactions in drugs and arms. For two years between 2011 and 2013, Silk Road became a favourite online marketplace - completely anonymous from law enforcement agencies - for drug mafias, and a headache for authorities. People sold drugs worth millions on the website, and all transactions were done using Bitcoin. Drug mafias could easily buy any contraband imaginable at a single platform, just like Amazon or eBay. Within months, the website became the leader of the "darknet", with over 900,000 users and the annual turnover of $1 billion. Ulbricht was arrested in October 2013, and the site was shut down. But soon, it was surpassed by similar "darknet" websites that operated secretively, using domain names like .onion. Ulbricht was convicted for life on drug trafficking, criminal enterprise, aiding and abetting distribution of drugs and money laundering.
Instant rise and fall of BitInstant The chief executive officer (CEO) of Bitcoin exchange, BitInstant, Charlie Shrem, a 27-year-old young ambitious entrepreneur was fascinated by the idea of having a currency with no third party control after he heard about it from a friend at the age of 19 in 2011. After he bought a couple of bitcoins - at a dirtcheap price at that time - he started Bitcoin exchange from his home and soon caught the attention of young investors like Winklevoss brothers who pumped in over $1.3 million in his company. It was a meteoric rise for, and so was its fall. After he moved to a nice office with over 30 people working for him, the company partnered with giants like Walmart, Walgreens, and Duane Reade where anyone could buy Bitcoins through BitInstant. The business was good and growing with revenue reaching over $1 million in a month, but greed has no limit. Shrem started facilitating transactions on 'darknet' leader Silk Road, and soon he was in the FBI net. After he was arrested in 2016, he pleaded guilty in the court. He claimed he facilitated one customer, BTC King owner Robert M. Faiella, whose customers (or drug mafias) were using Silk Road. They both were accused of the sale of Bitcoins worth $1 million to Silk Road. Shrem was sentenced to two years in jail. This incident sent shockwaves in the Bitcoin world, and people started associating the virtual currency as a means to launder money.
Mt Gox's $460 million 'gift' to investors Tokyo-based Mt Gox was another large exchange company for the virtual currency that met the same fate as BitInstant. The company had already lost over 80,000 Bitcoins, as per the Daily Beast, when Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles bought it from Jed McCaleb in 2011, but Jed hid these details from Karpeles. Initially started as an online space for trading of cards for a game called 'Magic: The Gathering', Mt Gox soon shifted to Bitcoin trading. The company was in trouble from the start, but Karpeles kept the secret under carpet for long. February 2014 brought doom for Mt Gox when Karpeles informed the authorities that over 850,000 Bitcoins worth $450 million had disappeared; hackers must be super rich if you compare it with current Bitcoin price. After this, people across the world started believing that perhaps Bitcoin needs to be regulated like fiat currencies to rid such fiascos. Karpeles was found guilty of the improper use of electronic funds and embezzling a total of $2.7 million of customer funds. 'WannaCry' wreaked havoc in 150 countries WannaCry virus hit computers of major corporations in over 150 countries in May this year. Panic spread across the world as message saying "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!" popped up on the compromised computers. The cryptocurrency faced another backlash when hackers demanded "ransom" money in Bitcoins to open the encrypted files. The hackers sought $300 ransom in Bitcoin from every compromised computer, giving people three-day time failing which they threatened to delete the locked files. Bitcoin allows users to make anonymous transactions and remain anonymous. This makes the system sophisticated to crack in case of such attacks, and equally favourable to cyberattackers.
$80 million Bitcoin heist at NiceHash Bitcoin mining marketplace NiceHash reported on Wednesday that hackers stole nearly $80m in Bitcoins from the exchange. Ever since the company informed the law enforcement agencies, the operation has been stopped and users have been told to change password and other personal details. It was "a highly professional attack with sophisticated social engineering", NiceHash head of marketing Andrej P Skraba told the Guardian. The company has so far lost around 4,700 Bitcoins worth about $80.02 million at current prices. The official website of the exchange says the service is currently unavailable and that the matter is being investigated. "Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days. In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency," the company said in a statement.
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Ross Ulbricht's Appeal Rejected, Judges Blast Drug Policy

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US Judges uphold Ross Ulbricht's life sentence Reuters reported on May 31, as the self-confessed mastermind of the infamous Silk Road deep web marketplace lost an appeal to overturn his conviction.
On May 31, 2017, the Court of Appeals in New York rejected the appeal, where Ulbricht's lawyers argued that their client was not given a fair trial due to the failure consider evidence of corruption by two federal agents involved in the Silk Road investigation, both of whom seem to have been treated in parallel to Ulbricht's case.
In February 2015, Ulbricht was found guilty of helping to enable drug sales using bitcoin.
The documentary about the capture of Ulbricht, Deep Web, also alludes to the point that different individuals accessed the account of DPR. The appeal also argued that the district court dismissed the motion to suppress evidence that was obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment, that is referring to the unwarranted searches that led to the capture of Ulbricht.
Another way to provide to support includes the Free Ross Ulbricht movement, set up by Ross's mother Lyn Ulbricht.
As a man who strived for non-violence, to create a safer environment for the drug trade, there is a clear dichotomy between the evidence brought against him as Dread Pirate Roberts and the persona behind Ross Ulbricht, something most evident to his family.
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Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht loses legal appeal

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Silk Road darknet mastermind Ross Ulbricht has lost his appeal of the life-behind-bars sentence he received for founding and running an online marketplace that made illegal drug purchases virtually a mouse click away.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected arguments by defense lawyers that Ulbricht was deprived of his constitutional right to a fair trial and subjected to a "Demonstrably unreasonable" punishment.
The ruling found no legal grounds for reversing Ulbricht's conviction or 2015 sentence for founding and operating Silk Road. Government evidence showed Ulbricht used the nom de net Dread Pirate Roberts - taken from The Princess Bride novel and movie - to preside over a criminal version of eBay that brought thousands of buyers and sellers together for Bitcoin-funded transactions in illegal drugs.
The trial court "Gave Ulbricht's sentence the thorough consideration that it required, reviewing the voluminous sentencing submissions, analyzing the factors required by law, and carefully weighing Ulbricht's mitigating legal arguments," Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch wrote in a 139-page ruling.
Federal investigators arrested Ulbricht in a San Francisco public library after learning his identity through Internet sleuthing.
The verdict came after prosecutors presented testimony about lives ruined by Silk Road drug trade, along with evidence that Ulbricht commissioned what he believed to be five murders-for-hire to protect his burgeoning creation from informants.
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Ross Ulbricht created Silk Road and deserved life sentence, DOJ argues

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Nearly five months after convicted Silk Road druglord Ross Ulbricht filed his opening brief in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, the government finally responded with its own brief late Friday evening.
In short, the government argues, Ulbricht was caught red-handed, and the appeals court should uphold both the conviction and the sentence.
Bharara drove home the point that just because there were two dirty cops on the case "Did nothing to undermine the reliability of the evidence." He pointed out how Ulbricht was DPR. After all, Ulbricht was caught logged in as DPR, and that laptop was full of chat logs and journal entries that testified to this fact.
In the Friday reply brief, Bharara punched back by saying that Dratel didn't establish any meaningful rationale as to why Karpeles, and not Ulbricht, was the true DPR. The facts that Karpeles owned a Bitcoin exchange and that websites associated with him used publicly available software also used by the Silk Road website, are no more probative than the fact that extremists in Oklahoma besides Timothy McVeigh considered attacking the Murrah Federal Building.
Amici who filed on Ulbricht's behalf post-sentencing have pointed out that less than one percent of drug cases result in a life sentence, so his double life sentence is far too long on its face.
The drug dealers who sold through Silk Road were his "Business partners", not mere tenants, and unlike a landlord, Ulbricht received a commission on each and every sale that Silk Road facilitated.
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[Table] IAmA: I am one of the first people to be charged with and convicted of using the Silk Road marketplace to import drugs in the UK. AMA!

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Date: 2014-06-08
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Questions Answers
How did you get caught? A package was flagged from Holland with my name and address on and police turned up to my house. They confiscated my phone, computer and laptop and found evidence against me.
What happened afterward? I'm assuming nothing too strict if you're on Reddit! I was bailed by the police and answered bail after 6 months.
I was referred to Magistrate's court and bailed for a further 6 months.
I was then referred from MC to Crown Court and bailed for yet another 6 months or so.
I attended Crown Court 5 times and was entering an early guilty plea. Looking at the guidelines my solicitor said it was 100% a custodial sentence and to expect 3 years at most with your credit. So after trying to plead guilty for 4 court appearances, the judge was still not happy with the case going ahead because the prosecution had missed things out and made errors. My solicitor was also pretty useless and the judge wasn't happy.
At my final appearance I gave evidence in the dock as the prosecution implied that I was a commercial drug dealer who was making a profit. I said that I wasn't making any profit and the drugs were intended to be sold on at cost price to close friends.
The judge made a call based on my character and ignored a lot of the evidence against me. He reduced the sentence down to 12 months, suspended for 2 years and gave me some community service.
Well, I'm glad you're off the hook, I'm personally very happy with the idea of all drugs being legal and regulated, I feel that would solve a lot of problems and get the help required for those who need it, but I've got to say. Well there was evidence of me selling ecstasy tablets to almost 20 friends over a ~12 month period. But I had stopped selling and the final order which was due to arrive 4-5 months after I had stopped selling was seized and led to my arrest. So the prosecution tried to draw inferences from the fact I had clearly sold ecstasy before to say that I was planning on selling this order too. But when giving evidence I said that this was my final order, 75% of the order was for friends and 25% was for me and my girlfriend.
Thank you for that clarification. Now I understand, and that seems completely fair, dismissing stuff as irrelevant rather than ignoring current evidence. No problem.
I have a question and it may be a bit shitty but why did you use your computer or phone to sell to your friends? I would think that if I were planning on selling drugs I would never use any medium which can be traced so directly to me whether it's on the phone or using facebook or whatnot. I have heard of a few cases where the people selling drugs were sending facebook messages to each other in a really basic code about buying them and it always struck me as a bit odd being that careless. Did the police discover your code quickly or did you explain it to them when you plead guilty and then they tried to use it in the prosecution? I never thought the police would have a reason to look at my messages. I was just sending normal messages discussing it and it was indeed, very stupid.
What was the quality of the drugs like? I heard importing from Silk Road almost ensured really good quality when compared with what you'd get from a dealer. It was always good quality. Some times a bit too good quality.
Speaking out of total ignorance, care to elaborate on "too good quality?" The MDMA that I received was always from the same presser. They pressed the Q-dance, Defqon, Partyflock and Mortal Kombats. There pills are notorious for being very high dosage but also to sometimes not contain the right synth to get the typical loved up MDMA feeling. So sometimes they would just destroy you and leave you sat on a couch with your eyes closed for hours...
Tell me more about the mortal kombats. They were ones that made the news about 'killing' some underaged kid. I never took them but they were from the same presser. I'm not sure if they were adulterated, faked or if the death was related to something else i.e. Leah Betts.
How did you end up getting caught? See below for how I got caught :)
I saw that you shipped to your own house, what do you think about that decision nowadays? I wouldn't never go back to ordering from the deep web. But it's a double edged sword ordering to your address because if you don't, the package could be scrutinized if the address/name isn't legit. But if you order to your house and it gets seized, expect more than a letter from customs.
Why didn't you just pretend you hadn't ordered anything and that some stranger was just sending you something? why did you let the police search your home? it doesn't make sense. I didn't want to seem guilty so I let them enter my house. They arrested me immediately and began searching and confiscated my items :)
I hate to ask you hypothetical questions, but do you think if you had refused them entry you would have been able to wipe you hard drives and perhaps avoid incriminating yourself so much? Can you detail what kind of evidence they were able to secure from your computer? I believe they would've found out I had a phone contract and accessed my phone text records regardless. But I could've possibly wiped any link to my facebook account and hid my phone and maybe they would've never checked. I'm not sure.
Im gonna have to say, reading your AMA you were a terrible drug dealer. no wonder you got caught. Yeah I'm sure I was :')
I feel really stupid for even trying to get away with it!
Are you an avid drug user? How were you planning to resell the MDMA you imported? How much did you import and how much did it cost you? What were your calculated profits? Only an avid MDMA user. Although recently I've been deciding to cut down completely and stop, whether this opinion changes in the near future, I won't know :P.
I was reselling through close friends and close friends were involved in the ordering and payment etc.
I don't want to say how much I imported in total but I had used the site for a year or so and my last order (which was seized and led to my arrest) was 100 ecstasy tablets.
I would guess that for 100 tablets you could make £600 profit by selling on the streets. But I think selling drugs on the streets and taking drugs to nightclubs to sell is pretty dumb in my opinion.
How do you feel about the controversies around Silk Road and other Online Black Marketplaces involving bitcoins being stolen by staff of the sites? If you read this article it'll give some insight into my opinion as I agree with some of his quotes and ideals...
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I believe the Silk Road for example wasn't just built to make profit. It was created out of an ideal and philosophy that really does speak to me. So if these staff members were stealing money etc it destroys the message and just makes the whole thing about greed. It makes me kinda ashamed that everyone is so greedy I guess.
How did you narrowly avoid jail time? Would you prefer to live in Greenland? I was pretty lucky in court. The judge assigned to my case was exceptionally lenient and made a speech about how I was a young person who had made mistakes but deserved a second chance. Sorry I forgot to reply to the second question; I don't fully understand why you asked it but no, I love my home town.
Do you think that the Silk Road helped decrease the violence associated with the drug trade by helping people avoid face-to-face meetings with drug dealers? I dealt with MDMA only and as you probably know the drug money/gang violence etc surrounding MDMA is extremely low compared to Heroin, Cocaine and Cannabis in the UK.
But from what I have read and from my general experiences I think it was helping to decrease it.
In the UK, most drugs are controlled by gangs and violent criminals so when they have less business because some dutch guy is in his house, weighing up bags of cocaine and sending them to the UK through the mail; then obviously there's less money going into the hands of the street dealers and gangs. But I can't say for sure whether the money isn't eventually funnelling into organized crime etc...
Presuming you were a regular user of Silk Road I presume you had alot of bitcoins built up. Did you sell them when they hit high price? Or were they seized presuming the police confiscated your laptop or computer? I actually didn't have any bitcoins left in my account when I was arrested. But I counted up the amount of bitcoins I had handled over a certain time period and if sold now would equate to hundreds of thousands of pounds...
Did you ship to your house or a safe location? I shipped to my house, yes. With a parent living here with me also.
Was it relatively easy to import drugs into the UK? I think a 12 year old could do it on a Mac Mini by watching a couple of Youtube videos... so yeah :P.
Do you support legalization of all drugs? Or partial legalization? Not at all. I think there should be more understanding of what "drugs" are. 'cause many things we intake can have harmful effects on the body but for some reason we are allowed to make the decision to put it in our body. But with other substances we're not allowed to make that decision. The way the system is set up is counter productive. Putting money into the wrong hands, encouraging violent/criminal behaviour and causing other problems like legal highs and research chemicals and stuff...
I think the decriminalization of the less harmful drugs would be better. But that could cause problems in the long term by encouraging people to turn to drugs, who otherwise wouldn't because it's illegal. I don't know!
Do you mind sharing your age with us? If so, how old are you? 24.
What steps did you take to not get caught? What steps should you have taken to avoid being found out? I obviously used Silk Road on TOR and I used bitcoins to pay which doesn't leave much of a paper trail back to myself. The problem was that if one suspect package got seized it would have my name and address on and instead of receiving a "love letter" from customs you would get police officers knocking at your door. Any evidence they find after knocking on your phone/computer can link you to the package. If you didn't have a single scrap of evidence on your computephone linking to the package you could deny the package was for you and probably face no charges.
So what was the evidence linking you to the package? Why were you unable to deny you ordered it? They had evidence on my phone openly discussing selling MDMA.
How many times, prior to you being caught, had you received packages? Numerous is all I want to say really :)
What do you think made this package different from the others that caused it to get flagged? Since frequency wasn't the issue. When you successfully received packages prior, did you ever think, damn I wish they would have been more careful? I saw it more as bad luck. I knew there was a chance of it getting seized and I was unlucky enough for it to have my name on. I don't know if the package was different as I never saw it. Maybe it was bad timing as they had sniffer dogs or were scanning items the day it came into the port.
Are you sure your in the clear to be posting this. Don't want you to end up in more trouble. No idea. Everything I have said in the thread has came out in court and I have been punished for it. So I don't think they can charge me again for something I have already admitted?
What do you use now? If you mean to buy drugs, I get them off friends but only rarely these days.
If you mean which drugs, just MDMA. really wanna admit to that after you got a suspended sentence with a laundry list of restrictions, one of which surely is not to buy or sell any more controlled substances? When I left court the judge said to me that next time I am out and I am offered a pill, to make my own decision. He told me that no one could stop me taking drugs and making my own decisions but just know that taking drugs got me here in the first place and it can lead down this road again.
I have cut down and plan to quit in the future.
The judge was telling you to make better decisions. He was not telling you that it's ok to do drugs. You've posted more than enough in here to land you in jail. Do you think what I have posted here could land me in jail? How so? I have been charged and convicted of what I did wrong with ALL the facts coming out. Are they going to charge me again for the same things? If I hypothetically murdered someone and got sent to prison, when I get out if I speak about it do I get charged again?
Yah but doing drugs AFTER your trial is a whole new set of crimes. I'd... not do that or talk about it. Taking drugs isn't a crime. Possession is.
Do you regret your actions? Yes, deeply. I had the worst 18 months of my life. Something like that hanging over your head, unsure whether you will be in prison or not. Horrible stuff!
How much did your solicitor & legal fees cost? How stressful was it, it sounds like a long drawn out process. It was in fact free, due to legal aid :)
How did you get into it in the first place? Was it already quite well-established when you got involved? I've known a few people who ordered things (and received them, and been very happy with quality!), but I've never known a seller, so also would be really interested to know what you did to set it all up in the first place. Side question - were you bricking it when you sent out your first orders? :) Ahh I think you misunderstood. I wasn't using Silk Road to sell anything. I just used it to buy. It was pretty easy to get into... there were youtube guides and blogs with guides etc.
Do you feel as though you have done anything wrong? Yes, I thought I could get away with selling drugs to people and I couldn't. I don't believe I am a bad person for doing it but it was definitely a mistake.
Unless I'm misreading you; you seem to think your mistake was getting caught and it was a mistake because of it. If you weren't caught do you think you would have stopped or carried on? Do you consider yourself a drug dealer? I considered myself a drug dealer but not a street dealer. I actually despised the kinda people who I had to previously buy drugs off and that's what drove me to Silk Road. I think I gave in to the fact it was so easy and started selling.
What I meant in my earlier post was I was wrong to think of myself as above the law or better than the law and to think I could do this. Not that my mistake was getting caught. My mistake was definitely getting involved in the first place. Getting caught was actually a good thing I guess because it could've been much worse. I'm trying to learn from my mistakes and move on. Also the ordeal tested my relationships to the max and everyone stood by me so it's made me realize a lot.
Looking back. Would you have done anything differently? How do you feel the police acted towards you throughout the process? Looking back the police where in fact, hilarious. They did a whole cliché good cop bad cop routine which I didn't realize at the time. I was treated with respect by the police and have respect for them doing there jobs. One police officer was a bit rude and patronizing to me but I'm sure he is just a miserable person in general.
If I could go back. I wouldn't sell a single ecstasy tablet to anyone. I still think buying off Silk Road for personal use has it's advantages but obviously now for me that ship has sailed.
You cite that you adhere to the libertarian ideals of silk-road, though, you also say that you aren't a big drug user and only use MDMA. - Would you say that you decided to start importing moreso to make some money? Or rather, to live up to, and contribute to the values that you cite? Originally I was importing to have good quality, safe MDMA and to support the ideals we've mentioned. But eventually when you get encouraged to sell it you do feel the instinct to make money. However much I dislike that instinct.
Let's put a hypothetical on that instinct (back when you were an importer) - If you had had the opportunity to make some good money from some much harder and more damaging drugs such as crystal meth/heroin, would you have considered doing so? Or is there a stage at which you draw a line in the sand? I wouldn't have got involved in any other drugs ever.
What did you buy, and how much did you order? Ecstasy tablets, 100 in my last order, with numerous orders before.
Did you ever get sold fake pills and if so how did you respond? Not from Silk Road. I've had bad experiences with other dealers. Pills that were PMMA. I responded by having a pretty bad weekend and never going back to that particular person.
Why dis you only sell Molly and no other drugs? I don't like other drugs. Weighing up the pros and cons of other drugs and MDMA is the only one I choose to risk to take.
Red or Blue? ;) Red :)
Did the person who sent them to you get caught too? No idea.
Just curious, what's your favorite kind of music ? Plenty: house, disco, techno, garage, hip hop, stuff from the 80s etc.
Would you ever consider going back to selling? No.
Did the dealer on the silk road have a high review rating? Do you know how the drugs were contained? Also please delete the post where you say you buy from friends now, especially with your name being in your proof. The silk road seller had a high rating yes. He was very reliable. I don't think I want to discuss how they were contained. Let's just say it was stealthy.
How has this screwed your personal life? It did screw with my personal life for a long time. My girlfriend was worried about me possibly not being around. My family suffered and going to court and being on bail messed with my job etc. But now everything is great. Everyone who was supposed to stand by me did so :)
What client did you use to connect to the dark net? Vidalia?
Do you know how your package got flagged? That's the scariest part about SR, because you never know if your package is going to make it through without suspicion. No idea. 100 tablets was my biggest order so it might have been because of the quantity.
How long did you successfully order drugs to your house for before you got caught? Did it take a long time? Maybe 6 months.
What if I buy 10 tablets for personal use? Will I be charged with the same thing? I worry for people I know who do this... If they come from abroad you face Importation charges for personal use.
Did you ever end up on the spice merchants site of the same name accidentally? Yes. Yes I did.
Did you not have a login/password required for your computer and phone or were the police able to get past it? They didn't require any info from me to access my phone records. They did it through the phone network (Three). They didn't access anything on my computer apart from Facebook messages which were through Facebooks server.
How did they access your Facebook account? Were they able to pinpoint how you placed the order; that it came from the Silk Road? Once they were aware that you had been using TOR, did they conduct any further computer forensics? Did they discover your bitcoin stash? Had they not been able to access your facebook account, would there evidence have been limited to your phone records and the package? The main evidence was phone messages and inferences that they drew from those. They had no idea what TOR was throughout the whole case. They also had no idea what Silk Road was. (police/prosecution/defence/judge)
What's the largest non-legal repercussion you've had to deal with as a result of your conviction? I don't understand what a non-legal repercussion is. Telling my family? paranoia/anxiety about the situation? Community Service? Having to inform future employers of a criminal record? etc?
I probably could have been more specific. I meant things like how your family reacted, etc. Things aside from the courtrooms and police officers. My girlfriend was very anxious, worried, depressed. We had to tell her family also and that was hard (especially her dad). I had to tell my family and everyone was upset but stood by me. I had to tell the owners of the business I work for and they stood by me also.
Holy shit, you didn't lose your job? I was, in fact told, that my job would still be available to me after my custodial sentence(if that happened) :)
Wouldn't you agree that the birko tranny is better looking than the secombe tranny? Is the birko tranny the one on the bike? I don't know what the seacombe tranny looks like sorry.
Well you were lucky there! But i always was curious since i first heard of the silk road, how do they sent the drugs to your address without them being seized/found at the various post offices, customs, xray scans etc? And how did you come up with the courage to order drugs to be sent to your address for the first time? My knowledge of customs is that they don't scan all items and don't have sniffer dogs all the time. They can't physically check every package.
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Fight 4 Injustice: when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty!

Fight4Injustice is a fundraising entity to help SR-related cases in court. Our goal is to protect the warriors of individual freedom and privacy. Donate your BTC to join us. 1JC6KWkfCKwMekkhsbW1cY8NdEShoFHNEv.
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The Cases
Ross Ulbricht
The Federal government claims that Ross Ulbricht created and operated the anonymous online marketplace Silk Road, under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR). Although law enforcement shut down the Silk Road site Oct. 2 after arresting Ross, DPR posted on the Silk Road forum six days later and the Silk Road site was up and running again in less than a month. Today it is bigger than ever.
By its own admission, the FBI has no documentation of how they found the Silk Road server, which comprises the bulk of their evidence. Without forensic documentation there is no guarantee that the evidence is valid or even that it wasn’t fabricated. The explanation of how the FBI found the server has been widely criticized by technical and security experts, one calling it “inconsistent with reality”; another “impossible“; and another a lie and gibberish.
Ross has been arraigned in New York on a superseding indictment. He is pleading not guilty to all charges: narcotics trafficking; computer hacking; money laundering; engaging in a criminal enterprise; and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent IDs. Ross’ family and friends believe he is falsely accused and innocent of the charges.
The case is scheduled to be tried beginning January 5, 2015 in Judge Katherine Forrest’s courtroom, #15A, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse, 500 Pearl St., New York, NY.
Although initially alleged to have planned six murders, Ross was never indicted in New York for any. New York also failed to include the one charge remaining in a Maryland indictment, which is a year old and possibly in violation of Ross’ right to a speedy trial. Joshua Dratel, Ross’ attorney, believes that the absense of the Maryland charge demonstrates that the allegation has no merit. Otherwise we believe the prosecution would have indicted Ross for this. Basically the prosecution wants its cake and eat it too: smear Ross’ reputation and prejudice a jury without having to prove anything.
Despite not charging Ross in two different indictments, the prosecution used the murder-for-hire allegations to argue against bail and claim that Ross, who has no priors or record of violence, is dangerous. In addition, no victim is named in the prosecution’s complaint or the New York indictment, and the FBI affidavit states that there is no record of any actual homicide.
(Note: The murder-for-hire allegation is now included as surplusage, which is an “uncharged crime” mentioned in the narcotics trafficking count of the New York Indictment. It is NOT a formal charge and requires NO PROOF. The defense has requested that the court have it removed, as it is prejudicial and irrelevant to the charges, but the judge denied this request).
This case opens new legal territory. It will set precedent for the 21st century and pave the way for new laws and interpretations that could impact the future and freedom of the Internet. Bad law could be ushered in that we will be forced to live with.
As attorney Scott Greenfield said in regard to this case: This is the birth of law as applied to our digital future. Watch it as a spectator at your peril.
If Ulbricht is convicted, it opens the door for the censure and erosion of a free Internet. Under present law, website hosts are not held responsible in civil cases for illegal actions on their sites. This case could set precedent and open the door to criminal liability for web hosts. A US citizen’s constitutional rights are being violated with vague allegations that do not cite specific crimes, a violation of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the US Constitution. In addition, his Fourth Amendment rights have been violated with illegal warrants and searches and seizures lacking any warrant. If the government can misapply the law against Ulbricht, it can do it to any of us. In its documents, the government equates the desire for privacy (use of Tor for example) with criminal intent. This case represents the first challenge to the government’s attempt to expand the money laundering statute to include digital currency.
Our Goals:
To protect individual freedom and privacy; To provide Ross with what every American citizen is promised: a fair trial. To have Ross acquitted of all charges.
We are working hard with the best legal team to defend Ross, but are up against the full force of the federal government. We are not the family of a wealthy kingpin. We own no bitcoin. We are regular people taking on a giant fight against a Goliath. It will take much more money than we have. We can’t fight this alone. Any gift, of any amount will help.
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Roger Pion
You might have heard about Roger Pion recently, even if you don't remember his name. He's a genuine American hero who, and I can't emphasize this enough, deserves your support -- but I'll get to that if you keep reading.
Roger Pion is the Vermont resident who, in righteous retaliation for his recent marijuana arrest, used his large farm tractor to crush seven police cars. Let's be blunt. An arrest for a victimless crime is nothing more than a kidnapping carried out under color of law. Roger Pion was the victim in his marijuana arrest. The people with badges are the criminals, in terms of violating natural, inherent, human rights -- most notably, to do with one's own body whatever one damn well pleases that harms no other.
To condemn Roger Pion is to stand against the authentic law and order of rational ethics in servile loyalty to unaccountable, lawless monopoly government controlled by the whims of corrupt politicians.This man's magnificent act of defiance that injured no one has amused and inspired countless people across America by demonstrating that men of character, backbone and courage still exist.
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Cornelis Jan Slomp
Alias SuperTrips, a 22-year-old Dutch man dealt drugs including cocaine, ecstasy and LSD for millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency bitcoin through a black-market website, a U.S. prosecutor said.
Cornelis Jan Slomp of Woerden, the Netherlands, facing a single drug trafficking conspiracy count, agreed to plead guilty, according to a statement issued today by U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon in Chicago and Slomp’s lawyer.
He was arrested in Miami last year when a criminal complaint was filed against him. Prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of more than $3 million in alleged proceeds of his crimes.
Slomp sold the drugs through the now-shuttered Silk Road website, described by the Justice Department as a “sprawling black-market bazaar” for drug-dealing and money laundering.
Ross William Ulbricht, who allegedly ran the site under the name “Dread Pirate Roberts,” pleaded not guilty in February to operating a narcotics-trafficking scheme, conspiring to launder money and other crimes.
“In the global black market for all things illegal, Slomp allegedly was a prolific vendor on Silk Road,” Gary Hartwig, the Homeland Security special agent in charge of investigations in Chicago, said in a statement issued jointly with Fardon.
Slomp was captured at the Miami International Airport on route to a meeting with co-conspirators where he planned to “spin off his entire U.S. Silk Road operations” to one of them, prosecutors said. He is in custody facing a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a maximum term of as long as 40 years.
His attorney, Paul Petruzzi of Miami, confirmed his client’s intent to plead guilty today in a phone interview. No court date has been set for the plea, he said.
“It was a decision that he made early on, something that we’ve all been working on as a team since his arrest,” the attorney said. A plea agreement with prosecutors will be filed, he said.
Slomp is alleged to have had 11 European co-conspirators who aided in the manufacturing, packing and shipping of illegal drugs including ecstasy tablets bearing a question mark, which prosecutors said was Slomp’s identifying logo.
Slomp received about 385,000 bitcoins from more than 10,000 transactions, according to the U.S.
His Silk Road operations ran from March 2012 to August 2013 and were monitored by undercover federal agents, the government said.
He was identified by U.S. officials as the person who mailed drugs from the Netherlands that were seized in April 2012 in an otherwise empty digital video disc case at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Authorities said they subsequently collected more than 100 similar shipments.
Petruzzi called Silk Road and any sites that operate as it did “the future of drug trafficking,” moving quantities of quantities of narcotics “that would make Pablo Escobar blush.” The case is U.S. v. Slomp, 13-cr-00689, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).
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