The Silk Road platform will forever remain a notorious time in the history of Bitcoin. Although it was shut down in 2013, vendor arrests occurred as early as 2012. The first seller to be arrested was Paul Howard. Although very few information about his case was known until now, information is slowly becoming available.
Paul Howard, who went by the nickname “shadh1”, was the first-ever Silk Road vendor to be arrested. Law enforcement officials did not use any malicious software to hack Tor or anything like that. The arrest was made after suspicious packages were intercepted by Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Service.
To be more precise, a total of 12 shipments were intercepted, all of which contained MDMA. One of the primary reasons Silk Road became so popular was due to the amount of drugs being sold. Howard and his wife both received various darknet packages, all of which contained pill and powder form MDMA.
The Swansong of Paul Howard And Silk Road
Ever since the first suspicious packages were flagged, Australian Customs officials continued to monitor shipments made to Paul Howard. Although one might argue he should have noticed the lack of delivered parcels, Howard was not