Silk Road 2.0 Moderator DoctorClu Arrested
26-year-old Brian Richard Farrell who allegedly went by the name “” – 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 âSilk Road 2.0â³ website, anÂ illicit Internet market forÂ drugsÂ and other black-market goods.
Prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Brian Richard Farrell â who they say went by the nameÂ ââ âÂ with conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. He will appear Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
The government saysÂ 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, âbeyond the reach of law enforcement.â
According to the complaint, Silk Road 2.0 went online in November 2013 after federal agents seized and shut down theÂ first Silk Road website andÂ arrested its alleged owner and operator, Ross William Ulbricht, aka âDread Pirate Roberts.âÂ Ulbricht is currently on trial in New York.
In November 2014, Blake,Â aka âDefcon,â the operator of the Silk Road 2.0 site, was arrested in San Francisco. The complaint filed Tuesday chargesÂ Farrell with being a key assistant to in running the site.
âThe 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,âÂ Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in a statement.
The government alleges Silk Road 2.0 wasÂ one of the most âextensive, sophisticated, and widely used criminal marketplaces on the Internet.â
Silk Road 2.0Â operated onÂ the âTorâ network, which uses a network of computers around the world to conceal the actual computer addressÂ and identity of the user, according to prosecutors.Â When it was closed down, federal agents allege itÂ had more than 150,000 active users and was generating at least $8 million a month in sales thatÂ sometimes involved kilo-sized quantities of drugs, according to the charges.
Farrell, according to court documents, was one ofÂ a small staff of online administrators who helpedwith the day-to-day operation of the website.
We will update when we have more information. The criminal complaint: