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Dark Net: Silk Road Website Offered Huge Pot Promotion With Vacation Giveaway: FBI

January 22, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Dark Net: Silk Road Website Offered Huge Pot Promotion With Vacation Giveaway: FBI Ross Ulbricht - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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Business was booming so much on the Silk Road website in 2012 that Ross Ulbricht organized a huge pot promotion, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

“Roll up a doobie and put your stoner hat on, we’ve got a lot of ganja to deliver!” read a draft of an advertisement announcing the April 20 special, which was pulled from chat logs seized by authorities.

“We’re sending one lucky buyer on a dream vacation with all the trimmings…Real gangsta sh–.”

The giveaways started on April 20 at 4:20 p.m. and continued every four minutes and 20 seconds.

The number 420 is slang for smoking marijuana.

FBI computer specialist Thomas Kiernan said on the stand the chats were pulled from a computer belonging to Ulbricht, who is charged with masterminding the hidden site that served as an eBay for vice.

Ulbricht says he was set up as the fall guy and that he is not the real operator of the site, who worked under the online moniker, Dread Pirate Roberts.

Chats on Ulbricht’s computer showed problems with the vacation giveaway arose after a Silk Road staffer learned the winner had been trying to stop using heroin, chats showed.

Silk Road didn’t help (his addiction)” another employee told the drug baron, according to chats.

Ulbricht didn’t seem concerned, Kiernan testified.

“Should have thought more carefully about dropping $4k on an addict. Maybe our next prize will be three months in rehab,” Ulbricht allegedly replied.

Around the same time, Ulbricht joked about the ethics of their promotion, according to chats.

“We’re selling drugs here. First one’s free, Little Johnny! That sounds awful,” he allegedly wrote.

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