Sunday, December 15, 2013
Silk Road and the Hells Angels
According to this letter from the US Department of justice, Ross William Ulbricht, has been charged with conspiring to commit narcotics trafficking, conspiring to commit computer hacking and conspiring to commit money laundering.
Ulbricht owned and operated an underground website known as “Silk Road,” a bustling black-market bazaar where illegal drugs of every variety were sold, along with other illegal goods and services, such as malicious computer software and fake identification documents.
Once again this individual is taking the fall for the whole thing and is being perceived once again as the ring leader just like Rob Shannon was in that Hells Angels drug trafficking network. Ulbricht was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) on October 1, 2013, while working on his laptop computer at a San Francisco public library.
While operating Silk Road, Ulbricht commissioned no fewer than six murders for hire within a span of four months in 2013. Although it appears that none of these murders was actually carried out, Ulbricht clearly intended them to happen, and the details of the attempted murders demonstrate that Ulbricht will not hesitate to use violence in order to silence witnesses, safeguard his criminal proceeds, or otherwise protect his self-interest.
Beginning on March 13, 2013, a Silk Road vendor known as “FriendlyChemist” began sending threats to Ulbricht’s “DPR” account on Silk Road’s private message system, claiming that he had a long list of actual names and addresses of Silk Road users that he intended to publish on the Internet unless Ulbricht gave him $500,000, which “FriendlyChemist” said he needed to pay off his narcotics suppliers. Subsequently, Ulbricht communicated with another user claiming to be “FriendlyChemist’s” supplier, who went by the username “redandwhite” – a well-known nickname of the Hells Angels. Ulbricht told “redandwhite” that “FriendlyChemist” was causing him trouble and that he wanted “to put a bounty on his head.” Ulbricht gave “redandwhite” what he believed to be the true name of “FriendlyChemist,” and a location for him in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Ulbricht and “redandwhite” agreed upon a price of 1,670 Bitcoins – approximately $150,000 – for the job, which Ulbricht transferred on March 31, 2013, to a particular Bitcoin address designated by “redandwhite.” This transfer appears on the public Bitcoin ledger known as the “Blockchain,” evidencing that the transfer was actually made. Over the next several days, “redandwhite” reported to Ulbricht that “FriendlyChemist” had been “taken care of” and provided what he claimed to be a photograph of the victim after the job was done. Ulbricht thanked “redandwhite” for his “swift action.”
Canadian law enforcement authorities, who have no record of any Canadian resident with the name for “FriendlyChemist” that Ulbricht passed to “redandwhite,” nor do they have a record of a homicide occurring in White Rock, British Colombia during the relevant time frame. However, the foregoing messages between Ulbricht and “redandwhite,” and Ulbricht’s $150,000 payment to “redandwhite,” leave no doubt of his intention that the murder for hire be carried out.
However, Craig Widdifield who was tied to the drug trade was shot dead at Morgan Crossing in White rock April 24. Several days after March 31st “redandwhite” reported to Ulbricht that “FriendlyChemist” had been “taken care of.” That could have meant his death had been contracted out and was as good as done. It is possible that FriendlyChemist was Craig Widdifield. It’s also possible he wasn’t. Yet the timing of the murder makes it worth looking into. It's also possible Craig Widdifield was tony76 - the third victim.
We know that White Rock Hells Angel Randy Jones’ brother Trevor used the name Red in his alleged dealings in that cross border drug ring tied to the Hells Angels out of Tbarz. Trevor has been indicted but not extradited for that offense. We also know that anyone claiming to be with the Hells Angels in White Rock falsely would be dead for making the impersonation. Randy himself used the e-mail tbarz81 to register the Tbarz domain name and used randy81 to register the dankenergydrinks.com domain name.
Please note that FriendlyChemist tried to extort the guy from Silk road to pay his drug debts. Redandwhite was his supplier - someone claiming to be associated with the Hells Angels from White Rock. That would be the Randy and Trevor Jones ring from the Eye of Saruman.