US law enforcement officials closed Silk Road, an anonymous site that sold illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, and offered criminal activities such as rent killings. The FBI also said it arrested its alleged owner.
The FBI said on Wednesday it arrested owner Silk Road, Ross William Ulbricht, 29, known in the online world as “Dread Pirate Roberts.” The arrest took place in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, according to court documents Ulbricht, a chemical engineering graduate, was brought before a federal court today and a bail hearing was scheduled for Friday, his lawyer, public defender Brandon LeBlanc, declined to comment.
Federal prosecutors in New York have accused Ulbricht of crimes of drug trafficking, money laundering and computer raids. “Silk Road has emerged as the most sophisticated and extensive criminal market on the Internet today,” FBI agent Christopher Tarbell said in a criminal complaint. The site was used by “several thousand drug traffickers” to sell “hundreds of pounds of illicit drugs,” he said.