Feds Value ‘DoctorClu’ With Serving to Run Silk Road 2.zero

U.S. prosecutors have charged a Washington state man with serving to run the successor website online to Silk Road, the now-shuttered on-line black market bazaar the place drugs, weapons and totally different illicit gadgets have been peddled. The Silk Road 2.zero site emerged as a copycat web site a month after the individual accused of working the distinctive Silk Road web site was arrested in October 2013. Following a yearlong investigation, officers on Saturday arrested Brian Richard Farrell, 26, of the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, who reportedly suggested federal brokers he was a main assistant to the operator of Silk Road 2.zero. Farrell used the moniker "DoctorClu" and was amongst a small staff of on-line administrators and dialogue board moderators who helped with the day-to-day operation of the site, in accordance with a felony grievance filed in U.S. District Courtroom in Seattle. Farrell was charged with one rely of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. He made his preliminary look in courtroom Tuesday and a magistrate appointed a public defender to represent him.

Officers say Farrell was a key assistant to Blake Benthall, the San Francisco man who passed by "Defcon" and was charged in November with working Silk Road 2.zero. Farrell suggested authorities he was "Defcon’s correct-hand man" and "primarily served as Defcon’s spokesman," a authorities affidavit said.

Farrell’s arrest acquired right here as a trial continued in New York federal courtroom inside the case of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged operator of the distinctive Silk Road, which authorities say Ulbricht ran beneath the alias "Dread Pirate Roberts."

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— The Associated Press and Reuters
First revealed January 20 2015, 4:30 PM