Dutch Native Convicted In Chicago For Silk Road Drug Trade

By McCarton Ackerman 04/28/14

Cornelis Jan Slomp earned a reputation as one of the biggest drug dealers on Silk Road and now faces up to 40 years in prison.

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A Dutch native could be spending the next 40 years behind bars for selling huge amounts of illegal drugs on the Silk Road website.

Cornelis Jan Slomp, 22, pleaded guilty in Chicago to drug distribution charges that included selling ecstasy, cocaine, and other substances on the site under the alias “SuperTrips.” He had been investigated by federal authorities since April 2012 after an envelope from the Netherlands containing ecstasy was seized at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. That envelope and approximately 100 others were traced back to his Silk Road account.

Slomp was arrested last August at Miami International Airport and has remained in custody ever since. The $20,000 in cash he had on him was seized by the feds and agents later seized nearly $3 million in bitcoins. Slomp held a day job in the Netherlands as a software programmer despite earning a reputation as one of the biggest sellers on Silk Road.

“He’s been a very, very busy man on the internet,” said his attorney, Paul Petruzzi. “It shows you how big the world wide web is. This is the drug trafficking of the future and it’s unstoppable.”

Prior to being shut down last October, Silk Road had over one million registered users worldwide. Roughly 30 percent of those users came from the U.S. Several imitation sites have popped up since the shutdown, including one aptly named “Silk Road 2.0,” but officials are confident they can also be shuttered.

“Illegal drug-trafficking is not new,” said U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon. "But drug-trafficking using a sophisticated underground computer network designed to protect anonymity of buyers and sellers presents new challenges to law enforcement that we are prepared to meet.”

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