Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ross Ulbricht, founder of the Silk Road - “IT has been a strange journey.”

Words relayed from a US prison cell and posted on social media are from the man known as the internet’s first drug lord. Ulbricht spent years on the run when he was only known as Dread Pirate Roberts. He raked in millions by taking a fraction of the dirty sales that took place on his website. A handful of mistakes brought it crashing down. He is fighting his two life sentences plus 40 years.
Ulbricht was convicted of seven crimes, including narcotics and money laundering conspiracies as well as a 'kingpin' charge usually reserved for leaders of drug cartels and mafia bosses. His mother recently started a petition, addressed to the US president, which calls for clemency for her son. Maryland dismissed a 2013 three-count indictment against Ulbricht that included murder-for-hire allegations. The charge stemmed from the fact that he contracted an undercover FBI agent to kill a rival through his website. It's said to be a formality due to “district overlap” rather than an exoneration.