A university dropout who was the “guiding mind” behind an online black market for illegal drugs has been jailed for five years and four months.
Thomas White was sentenced at Liverpool crown court on Friday for running the Silk Road 2.0 site on the dark web, and for possessing hundreds of indecent images of children found on an encrypted laptop after his arrest.
White, 24, set up the site after the FBI shut down the original Silk Road in 2013. Sentencing him, the judge, Thomas Teague QC, said: “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.”
David Jackson, prosecuting, said White, using the name StExo, began using the dark web marketplace in 2013 to buy a prescription drug used for sleeping disorders, and then entered into an agreement with the user MedsforBitcoin, based in…