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Owner of online marketplace faces drug charges

Pennsylvanians who sell illegal drugs usually face severe penalties. In general, the larger the operation, the more serious the punishment becomes. However, it is important to remember that even though some people become involved in drug trafficking schemes, everyone is entitled to drug crime defense. In some cases, their sentences may be lessened or even eliminated.

According to prosecutors, thousands of drug dealers used a website called Silk Road to buy and sell heroin, cocaine, and other illegal drugs. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the operation allegedly drew more than $1 billion in sales since it began in 2011. Silk Road’s customers were able to order illegal drugs online and have them shipped to their address, which enabled the customers to remain anonymous.

Silk Road’s alleged owner held an advanced science degree and cleverly avoided detection for two years. Now he’s facing charges for several serious federal offenses, including narcotics trafficking conspiracy. His defense attorney has not commented on the case. It is unknown how many other people who are connected to Silk Road are also facing drug charges.

Because the alleged owner of Silk Road used a variety of tactics to conceal his identity, such as running the website from various locations, it is unknown whether prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him. The owner’s parents said that their son had meant no harm, and it is unlikely that he has any criminal history.

Drug trafficking is a serious crime, and people who are convicted often serve prison sentences. For this reason, anyone who is facing charges for drug trafficking, possession, or cultivation may want to seek the help of an attorney.

Source: Reuters, “FBI shuts alleged online drug marketplace, Silk Road,” Emily Flitter, Oct. 2, 2013

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