TL;DR: From Liverpool, England, 12 April 2019, Queen’s Counsel (QC) judge Thomas Teague scolded, “You traded in illicit drugs and facilitated the trading by others in such drugs through the medium of a clandestine online marketplace, Silk Road. It had sophisticated security arrangements to minimise the risk of detection by law enforcement agencies and users made and received payments in Bitcoin,” sentencing alleged Silk Road 2 founder Thomas White to more than 5 years in prison … a stark contrast from previously convicted Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, who is presently serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Alleged Silk Road 2 Founder Thomas White Sentenced
The 24 year old man who has been dubbed Dread Pirate Roberts 2 (DPR2) was sentenced in a UK court for his role in establishing the online dark market, Silk Road 2, after the original site was brought down in 2013.
According to prosecutors, White himself at first trafficked in prescription and illegal drugs from as far away as India, paying in bitcoin and using the original Silk Road often, eventually becoming involved enough in its security aspects to create mirrored pages. That led to a second iteration he allegedly helped to run. However, he left the project in early 2014.
QC Teague insisted, “you reduced your personal involvement in running Silk Road, no doubt in the hope of avoiding Ross Ulbricht’s fate. However, the authorities caught up with you,” he said of White. Ulbricht was found guilty of running the original Silk Road, and sentenced to double life plus 40 years. His appeals have been subsequently denied, and Ulbricht’s hopes of being released appear tied to a online petition asking for clemency from President Trump.
White pled guilty to drug dealing, money laundering, and for having child pornography on his laptop. He will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years in addition to his sentence. The case against him has actually been active since late 2014, but a quirk in British law can at times prevent media from reporting on a subject for a variety of reasons, among them worries about bringing undue public pressure on authorities and/or the accused. As the case has been resolved, reporting can now commence. White was out on bail for the duration, during that time operating under the Twitter handle, Cthulhu, and also wrote articles for Motherboard and Forbes in his name.
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