This artist rendering shows Ross William Ulbricht appearing in Federal Court in San Francisco on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.(Photo: Vicki Behringer, AP)
A Silk Road employee with access to drug buyers' and sellers'
accounts on the underground website pleaded guilty Thursday to
conspiring to sell cocaine.
Curtis Green, 47, of Utah, was known
on the "darkweb" site by the screen names "Flush" and "chronicpain,"
Federal agents caughty him in a Drug Enforcement Administration sting
targeting Silk Road, a website that allowed buyers and sellers to trade
anonymously in forged documents, illegal drugs and illegal services such
as computer hacking and murder for hire.
Ross Ulbricht, 29,
accused of being the mastermind behind the website, appeared Wednesday
in federal court in New York on charges of drug dealing, money
laundering and computer hacking. Ulbricht, 29, who allegedly operated
Silk Road under the screen name "Dread Pirate Roberts," collected more
than $80 million in commissions from Silk Road's nearly one million
users, court papers say. His attorney said he will plead not guilty.
Ulbricht also faces charges in Maryland of drug dealing and attempted
witness murder. He is in jail in New York awaiting a hearing on Nov. 21.
Tuesday, Jacob George, 32, of Edgewood, Md., a Silk Road vendor,
admitted to purchasing and selling heroin and synthetic drugs and
pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. George told federal investigators he
made contact with buyers and got paid through Silk Road.
said he began working for Silk Road and a person he knew only as "Dread
Pirate Roberts" in November 2012, according to a plea agreement filed
Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Green's responsibilities
included responding to questions and complaints from the site's users,
resolving disputes between buyers and sellers, and investigating
possible law enforcement activity on the site, court papers say. Green
said he had access to messages sent among Silk Road users and details of
payments and transactions.
In April 2012, a DEA undercover agent
in Maryland posing as a drug smuggler began communicating with "Dread
Pirate Roberts" on Silk Road about selling a large amount of illegal
drugs. "Dread Pirate Roberts" instructed Green to help the smuggler find
a drug dealer who could buy a large amount of drugs, court papers say.
Green found a buyer and agreed to act as the middleman for a $27,000
sale of a kilogram of cocaine. Green gave the DEA agent his address.
An undercover U.S. Postal Service inspector delivered the cocaine to Green's house in Utah on Jan. 17.
If convicted, George could be sentence to 40 years in prison.
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