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Silk Road 2.0 Moderator DoctorClu Arrested

26-year-old Brian Richard Farrell who allegedly went by the name “DoctorClu” – one of Silk Road’s 2.0 most well known moderators, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

According to the seattletimes:

Federal agents have arrested a Bellevue man accused of assisting in the management of the so-called “Silk Road 2.0″ website, an illicit Internet market for drugs and other black-market goods.

Prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Brian Richard Farrell — who they say went by the name “DoctorClu” — with conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. He will appear Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

The government says Silk Road 2.0 was a hidden website that allowed members to buy and sell illegal drugs and other contraband anonymously and, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release, “beyond the reach of law enforcement.”

According to the complaint, Silk Road 2.0 went online in November 2013 after federal agents seized and shut down the first Silk Road website and arrested its alleged owner and operator, Ross William Ulbricht, aka “Dread Pirate Roberts.”  Ulbricht is currently on trial in New York.

In November 2014, Blake Benthall, aka “Defcon,” the operator of the Silk Road 2.0 site, was arrested in San Francisco. The complaint filed Tuesday charges Farrell with being a key assistant to Benthall in running the site.

“The arrest of Mr. Farrell is proof that federal law enforcement continues its efforts to root out those who subvert the Internet to set up black markets for illegal goods,”  Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in a statement.

The government alleges Silk Road 2.0 was one of the most “extensive, sophisticated, and widely used criminal marketplaces on the Internet.”

Silk Road 2.0 operated on the “Tor” network, which uses a network of computers around the world to conceal the actual computer address and identity of the user, according to prosecutors. When it was closed down, federal agents allege it had more than 150,000 active users and was generating at least $8 million a month in sales that sometimes involved kilo-sized quantities of drugs, according to the charges.

Farrell, according to court documents, was one of a small staff of online administrators who helped Benthall with the day-to-day operation of the website.

Source: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2015/01/bellevue-man-accused-of-operating-illegal-internet-drug-market/

We will update when we have more information. The criminal complaint:

3 comments

  1. TheOreganoRouter.onion.top.it

    Blake Benthall has become a snitch for the federal government

  2. fat Aussie bastard

    why do they continue to operate these DNMs from the US…….where they’re ‘prey’/easy pickings for the fed’ scum and any filthy snitch/’dog’ that comes along, eh?

    plenty of Sth American countries, for instance, where they prblby wouldn’t give “a rat’s” abt this crap…..

  3. So ‘guilty by association’? He helped to administrate a website so in the eyes of LE he was dealing in heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine? Similarly, someone downloading a movie is found to be costing movie studios millions of dollars? Why does this retarded irrationality continue to be accepted by the courts? Arent they supposed to be wise or something? Are they not there to protect people from the evil of the greedy and deceptive? By the same token, why arent the manufacturers of guns jailed for every murder commited with their products? Why arent Christian priests jailed every time their God murders hundreds in tsunamis or earth quakes? This continued madness does not illuminate a caring or intelligent society; it points at ignorance and corruption at the highest levels of structure. NEVER forget that true power is ALWAYS with the people and not the idiots in stupid hats.

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