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Tue Jan 20, 2015, 07:34 PM

Silk Road 2.0 founder's 'right hand man' Brian Farrell arrested in Washington

Source: Reuters

Silk Road 2.0 founder's 'right hand man' Brian Farrell arrested in Washington

Reuters in Seattle
Tuesday 20 January 2015 20.32 GMT

US authorities announced charges on Tuesday against a Washington state man, Brian Farrell, who they say assisted in the management of the successor website to Silk Road, an online black marketplace where drugs and other illicit goods could be bought with Bitcoin, the digital currency.

Farrell, 26, was arrested late on Friday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in connection with a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Seattle that outlined his alleged role as a staff member for the Silk Road 2.0 website.

Farrell’s arrest came as a trial continued in New York federal court in the case of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged operator of the original Silk Road, which authorities say Ulbricht ran under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts”.

Silk Road 2.0 was launched late in 2013, weeks after authorities had shuttered the original Silk Road website and arrested Ulbricht. Like the original website, Silk Road 2.0 allowed users to anonymously buy and sell drugs, computer hacking tools and other illicit items, authorities said.

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/20/silk-road-brian-farrell-ross-ulbricht-blake-benthall

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