Prolific Silk Road Drug Dealer Faces 15 Years Behind Bars
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A Dutch man labeled as the world’s most prolific online drug dealer has seen his empire come crashing down after pleading guilty yesterday in a Chicago courtroom.
Cornelis Jan Slomp, 23, used the alias “SuperTrips” to sell more drugs than anyone on the now-defunct Silk Road website. Using only his laptop, he shipped 566,000 ecstasy pills, 104 kilos of MDMA, and four kilos of cocaine, among other drugs. Many of his ecstasy pills also carried his logo, a green question mark, on them. But despite shipping drugs to every continent besides Antarctica, he told the court that he still had “big stockpiles of product. You literally cannot empty me out.”
He was finally arrested at Miami International Airport last August. The arrest came after an 18-month investigation by federal authorities, during which time more than 100 of his packages were seized. Following his arrest, the government seized more than $3 million that Slomp had collected in bitcoins.
Slomp faced up to 40 years behind bars, but prosecutors are now recommending a 15-year sentence in exchange for his cooperation with authorities. It’s also possible that some of his sentence could be served in a Dutch prison. His official sentencing is scheduled to take place later this month.
The founder of Silk Road, Ross William Ulbricht, was arrested by federal authorities last October for allegedly running the site under the name “Dread Pirate Roberts.” He is currently being charged with soliciting murder, drug trafficking, money laundering, and facilitating computer hacking.