Thomas White: Silk Road 2 Founder Finally Sentenced 5 Years After Arrest

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    Silk Road 2 Founder Finally Sentenced 5 Years After His Arrest

    Silk Road 2 Founder Finally Sentenced To Only 5 years 4 Months 5 Years After  Arrest

    For many years now, the arrest and case has been kept under close wraps. Friday, a court sentenced Thomas White (known as DPR2) to 5 years and 4 months for his role in running a huge dark web drug and porn marketplace.

    Immediately after the Silk Road was taken down in 2013, a new marketplace referred to as the Silk Road 2 was introduced. The brand-new darknet market was run by an individual who called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts 2 and he was apprehended a couple of months later in November 2014. However, personal privacy advocate Thomas White, otherwise referred to as DPR2, was released on bail for the next 5 years and has actually just now been sentenced to 64 months in prison.

    Silk Road 2 Founder Finally Sentenced 5 Years Later

    Wasting no time at all, Law enforcement immediately investigated the newly created SR2 and jailed both White (a.k.a. ‘St Exo’ or ‘DPR2’) and Blake Benthall (a.k.a. ‘Defcon’) a year later on in November 2014. However, White has actually been out on bail considering that his arrest and has actually remained in the public eye over the last 5 years. Benthall was charged with conspiracy to traffic narcotics and was released also but has yet to be sentenced by any courts.

    Silk Road 2 Founder thomas White Sentenced for 64 Months
    Silk Road 2 creators mocking U.S. law enforcement.

    According to several SR2 suppliers and police authorities, the website grew rapidly due to the fact of peoples’s adoration for the initial Silk Road and its leader the Dread Pirate Roberts (Ross Ulbricht). An investigator from the National Crime Agency (NCA), Paul Chowles, informed the media this week that White informed his group of buddies that he would stop utilizing his St Exo name and begin calling himself DPR2. “DPR2, aka Thomas White, was the boss. He was the controlling mind in all of this, and he was the one driving it forward,” Chowles stated in an interview recently.

    “Dread Pirate Roberts is now immortal and if you devote yourself to that ideal, and our enemies cannot stop it, then the idea becomes something else entirely,” DPR2 stated in 2014. The post continued:

    They may have sunk one ship, but now they have awoken the kraken.

    Thomas White Silk Road 2 Founder Sentenced 5 Years Later

    Ulbricht Family Underscores the Harsh Sentence Ross Received As Opposed To White’s Small Punishment

    Reports detail that after White placed bail, he utilized the name ‘The Cthulhu’ online and commented routinely on tech articles, online forums, and became known as a privacy expert. He also ran a few websites that focused on data breaches and ran numerous Tor nodes as well. Motherboard tried to talk with White after sentencing however, he declined and also erased his Cthulhu twitter profile. White pleaded guilty for his participation with the SR2 website which involved charges of money laundering and MDMA circulation. According to the courts, in Germany alone, White earned 1% commission off $143,000 worth of class A drug sales coming from the area. The NCA likewise revealed that White also owned around 50 BTC ($255,000) at the time of his arrest in 2014.

    DPR2 Finally Sentenced 5 Years After Arrest

    The case was a combined effort between U.S. enforcement agencies such as the FBI, the Justice Department, and Homeland Security. But the SR2 server was identified by the government-funded Carnegie Mellon University’s Scientific Engineering Institute, which unmasked numerous Tor services that year. After the unmasking, the FBI and other three-letter agencies gained access to a large cache of IP addresses originating from SR2 participants and other darknet markets. It was there that law enforcement found White’s role as DPR2 and that Blake Benthall coded the website.

    DPR2 did a special interview with Motherboard press reporter Jason Cox back when the website was generating hundreds of thousands of dollars a day. DPR2 stated the day he chose to release SR2 he was very anxious when he finally made the site go live on the internet. “I had the URL ready to launch,” DPR2 explained to Cox. “I think I must have sat there for five minutes staring at the screen. Once you hit that enter button, you’ve just launched something that you know there is going to be an absolutely fucking huge manhunt after you.”

    Silk Road 2 Founder Finally Sentenced

    The Thomas White (DPR2) sentencing also impacted the lives of Ross Ulbricht’s family when they heard the news. With White being sentenced to only five years and another SR2 admin Brian Farrell sentenced to 8, the Ulbricht family feels it is unjust that Ross is serving a double life sentence for his role in the initial Silk Road. “Please sign Ross’s petition for clemency,” explained Freeross.org on Twitter this week. “This is his sixth year in prison, he deserves a second chance.” The Thomas White (DPR2) sentencing also impacted the lives of Ross Ulbricht’s family when they heard the news. With White being sentenced to only five years and another SR2 admin Brian Farrell sentenced to 8, the Ulbricht family feels it is unjust that Ross is serving a double life sentence for his role in the initial Silk Road. “Please sign Ross’s petition for clemency,” discussed the Freeross.org on Twitter today. “This is his 6th year in prison, he should have a 2nd possibility.” The tweet also displayed a picture of Ross sentenced to a double life sentence in prison and an image of Thomas White sentenced to just five years. Additionally, the image shared on Twitter contrasts how the SR2 marketplace run by White was filled with child pornography, which was something strictly restricted on the original Silk Road market. White is required to register as a sex offender for 10 years in addition to his five-year prison sentence.

    What do you think about the sentencing of Thomas White a.k.a. DPR2? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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