The FBI recently arrested in a San Francisco library the alleged drug lord of the Internet, according to the Huffington Post. "Dread Pirate Roberts", who reaped millions of dollars from operating an online, underground drug market, was charged with numerous narcotics offenses in addition to attempted murder of a witness, according to several news sources.
He allegedly operated the " Silk Road" website from which he allegedly sold several illegal substances including some designer drugs. Ross William Ulbricht, 29, was arrested Tuesday for computer hacking, money laundering and drug trafficking after his deep website, which is not accessible by normal search engines was penetrated by federal agents.
How was he able to sell drugs from a website? He allegedly used an online currency called Bitcoin which has been the subject of lawsuits and was even the center of a "The Good Wife" program.
Ulbricht, a 2006 graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, reportedly engineered the elusive Internet drug operation after he said he "changed his goals in life." He later attended Penn State University.
Ulbricht's complex scheme allegedly included a system which protected users with an encryption technique called onion routing which made detection extremely difficult. There are approximately 13,000 listings in his index including cannabis, psychedelics and stimulants from which customers may choose. Once the buyer makes a decision as to which commodity he wishes to purchase, he used the Bitcoin currency to procure his drug of choice.
A librarian was reportedly startled by a commotion in a section of her San Francisco library Tuesday when New York and California FBI agents combined to clamp the handcuffs on the high-flying entrepreneur. Reports indicate he was in the middle of a communication with a co-operating witness when the agents slammed him against the wall and took him into custody.
While startled customers of the library watched as the "quiet" policy of the establishment was violated, Ulbricht was escorted unceremoniously from his computer toward a waiting federal vehicle.
Ulbricht has been indicted in Maryland with a failed attempt to murder a potential witness against his online empire.
As the alleged kingpin of the world's largest online drugs supermarket, Ulbricht for almost three years enabled thousands of drug dealers to make roughly 1.2 billion dollars. FBI agents would not disclose exactly how they were able to penetrate Ulbricht's intricate labyrinth of encryptions to find his hidden website.
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