Key Player In Silk Road Sentenced To 8 Years Prison

By Nate Raymond

(Reuters) – A Washington state guy was sentenced on Friday to 8 years in jail for his function in assisting the management of the follower site to Silk Road , an online black market where other products and unlawful drugs were offered.

Brian Farrell, who district attorneys state was a personnel for Silk Road 2.0, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle after pleading guilty in March to a charge of conspiracy to disperse drug, methamphetamine and heroin.

Farrell, 27, was apprehended in January 2015 as trial was under method when it comes to Ross Ulbricht, the developer of the initial Silk Road , which authorities state Ulbricht ran under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

Ulbricht, 32, was sentenced in May 2015 to life in jail after a federal jury in Manhattan discovered him guilty on charges consisting of dispersing narcotics.

Silk Road 2.0 was introduced late in 2013, weeks after authorities had actually shuttered the initial Silk Road website and jailed Ulbricht.

Like the initial site, Silk Road 2.0 enabled users to anonymously purchase and offer drugs, computer system hacking tools and other illegal products, useding the digital currency bitcoin, authorities stated.

In November 2014, federal authorities in Manhattan revealed they had actually closed down Silk Road 2.0 and apprehended its supposed operator, Blake Benthall, who district attorneys state run the site under the name “Defcon.”

Prosecutors state Farrell was an essential assistant to Benthall and belonged to a little personnel of online administrators and online forum mediators, utilizing the name “DoctorClu.”

In court documents, district attorneys stated that throughout a search of his home in Bellevue, Washington, in January 2015, Farrell stated he worked as Defcon’s righthand guy.

An attorney for Farrell did not instantly react to a demand for remark.

The case is U.S. v. Farrell, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, No. 15-mj-00016.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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