Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s unwashed cops got caught

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DEA Special Agent Carl Force wanted his money—real cash, not only numbers on a screen—and he wanted it fast.

It was Oct 2013, and Force had spent a past integrate of years operative on a Baltimore-based charge force questioning a darknet’s biggest drug site, Silk Road. During that time, he had also delicately cultivated several lucrative side projects all connected to Bitcoin, a digital banking Force was assured would make him rich.

One of those schemes had been ripping off a male who ran Silk Road, “Dread Pirate Roberts.” That plan was now descending apart. As it turns out, a largest online drug marketplace in history


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