A court in Liverpool has sentenced for five-year and four-month prison term Thomas White, the founder of the illegal online trading place Silk Road 2.
White is guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and making ‘inappropriate images of children’. White was arrested in November 2014, after which he was released on bail. The case has until now been largely kept secret from outsiders.
In 2013, the illegal market town of Silk Road was taken offline by the FBI. In addition, founder Ross Ulbricht was arrested. He is serving a life sentence.
After closing the original Silk Road, successor Silk Road 2 was soon established. White did that under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts 2 together with some other veterans of Silk Road. Just like its predecessor, the marketplace was only accessible via the dark web, the protected part of the internet.
The new version was closed by the FBI at the end of 2014. Motherboard writes that Silk Road converted hundreds of thousands of dollars every day. The case was delayed because full investigation data from the FBI was not handed over to the United Kingdom until December 2018.