Ross Ulbricht Transferred to Another Location Without Warning

Ross Ulbricht, the alleged `Dread Pirate Roberts´, was suddenly transferred to another location on Thursday. The move happened without warning or notice. Family members went to pay him a visit, and they discovered he was no longer at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. 

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Soon after the family realized what happened, they tweeted Ross was no longer there. It took until the next day before they realized he was being transferred to another correctional unit. Ross finally called and let them know he was being moved. The tweet read: “Ross called. So happy to hear from him. He’s at OK City Fed’l Transfer Ctr being designated to a prison. He’s in good spirits.”

A followup tweet illustrated the family’s concern for Ross, suggesting that he could be moved to a more violent or dangerous prison.

A Brief History of Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the case — and why it is important for many in the bitcoin community — Ross was arrested in San Francisco on October 1, 2013, for allegedly running the online darknet marketplace called Silk Road. He was accused of being the Dread Pirate Roberts, the individual/individuals who created and managed the business.

Potential customers accessed the page via a TOR browser and purchased everything from drugs to raw milk, and jewelry. Most transactions took place using bitcoin. However, certain transactions were disallowed. These off-limit items included child pornography, assassination markets, and solicitation of stolen goods.

Ross Ulbricht

Freeross.org read, “The Silk Road website was an open market with few restrictions and permitted vendors to sell drugs and other illegal goods as well as legal ones, including art, books, raw milk and clothing. It forbade items that the administration considered victimizing, including child pornography, stolen goods and assassinations. Nothing but drug sales was allowed to be mentioned before the jury.”

After the arrest and subsequent trial, Ross was convicted for running the website, even though the case was complex and involved corruption from Federal Agents. Ross was handed two life sentences. The charges were all drug-related. He was not convicted for committing a violent crime, though. There was also suspicion he may have not been the acting “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

Do you believe what happened to Ross was wrong? Will he eventually be pardoned and released from prison? Let us know in the comments below.


Images via fee.org and independent.co.uk


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  • Welcome to the US prison system..this happens all the time.

  • Dave Clark

    Meanwhile criminals abound

  • chech0

    He took the crime off the streets, he should be free. The war on drugs is a war on individual freedoms. Many corrupt cops use drugs to blame others as it can be seen on the news. Drugs will eventually follow the path of alcohol.

  • David

    This is absolutely shame for US law system. And it shows that they have not even a tiny idea what justice means. In US justice doesn’t exist, I mean in the whole world justice is just an excuse. There is no justice only might and powerless. That rules the world. Justice? Uahahaa…

  • David Arulnathan

    FBI & CIA & the Fed’s fear Bitcoiners as an elephant fears the mouse….now the mouse is called Bitcoin!!

  • I hate to tell you guys, but Ross is just 1 of millions…. justice is just a fantasy.

  • Free Ross!! Will the real Dread Pirate Roberts, please stand up! Silly Spooks!

  • Ian O’Neill

    The Ulbricht case, in my opinion, is a line in the sand drawn by the state and born out of an addiction to violence which we all share; ‘we’ being humanity in general. Two life terms in this case is a moral obscenity. That the state should find this necessary should give us all pause to think. What, in our collective nature, perpetrates this reaction? The question arising from this state of affairs has been long contemplated. Eric Fromm, for example in his book ‘Escape From Freedom’ put it like this:
    “Man (sic) represses the irrational passions of destructiveness, hate, envy, revenge; he (sic) worships power, money, the sovereign state, the nation; while he (sic) pays lip service to the teachings of the great spiritual leaders of the human race, those of Buddha, the prophets, Socrates, Jesus, Mohammed—he (sic) has transformed these teachings into a jungle of superstition and idol-worship. How can mankind save itself from destroying itself by this discrepancy between intellectual-technical overmaturity and emotional backwardness?”
    The question of ’emotional backwardness’ as Fromm puts it is one we must answer much more definitively in the coming decades as a matter of survival.

  • John Smith

    Ulbricht is exactly where he belongs, and will die in prison. He’s nothing but a thug drug dealer, nothing more. He knew the risks, and now he’s going to his final resting place.

    • You say he “knew hee risks”. He knew there *were* risks, but not that extraordinary in his mind.