The aftermath of the Silk Road 2.0 marketplace bust in 2014 continues, with its second-in-command administrator sentenced to eight years in prison.
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Brian Farrell was sentenced on June 3 at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle, to the exact term requested by prosecutors. He will also face four years supervised release after his prison sentence ends.
Farrell, who used the online handle “DoctorClu,” was arrested on January 2, 2015 after federal agents searched his home. Farrell was also a vendor on the site, and plead guilty to one count of distribution of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
He was 26 at the time of his arrest. Homeland Security agents had tracked packages, monitored Farrell’s activity and questioned his housemate for months prior to the bust.
One package containing 107 Xanax pills led to a search raid that uncovered drug paraphernalia, $35,000 USD in cash and silver bullion bars worth $3,900 USD.
The government seized and will keep the cash and bullion.
“You’re not going to find much of a bigger fish than me,” Farrell