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This article was published on January 21, 2015

    Second Silk Road 2.0 suspect arrested in Seattle

    Second Silk Road 2.0 suspect arrested in Seattle
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    Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

    A second man has been arrested in connection with running Silk Road 2.0,the anonymous online marketplace that sprang up after the original Silk Road was shut down in 2013.

    Silk Road 2.0 was itself closed in late 2014 with the arrest of Blake Benthall, who is alleged to have been the site’s lead admin Defcon.

    The latest arrest was of Brian Richard Farrell, in Seattle. The 26-year-old is alleged to have told police he was Defcon’s “right hand man.”

    Farrell, who is alleged to have used the handle DoctorClu, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

    The trial of Ross Ulbricht, who is alleged to have run the original Silk Road, is ongoing.

    ➤ US police arrest Silk Road 2.0 suspect in Seattle [BBC News]