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Austin resident found guilty of operating underground drug website

Ross William Ulbricht, an Austin, Texas resident and a graduate of Westlake High School, was convicted on Wednesday, February 4 of various drug and conspiracy counts for operating the underground website Silk Road, which enabled illicit activity to occur anonymously online, according to statesman.com.

The jury’s guilty verdict came after only over three hours. The United States government noted that Silk Road’s income was composed primarily of drug sales in all of its three years of business. The website was shut down by FBI when Ulbricht was arrested in October 2013. It is estimated that more than one million drug deals on occurred Silk Road, earning the operator approximately $18 million in bitcoins. Ulbricht claimed that he was framed by other users.

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