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Daniel Andrew Atkinson, 30, a gambling addict who studied a chemistry course and made illegal drugs, which he then sold via the darknet marketplace Silk Road, has been imprisoned for more than 8 years. Atkinson has admitted that he used the (old) Silk Road as a platform to sell hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of ecstasy.
The District Court had heard that Daniel Andrew Atkinson had flee to Adelaide from the interstate due to his gambling debts and he had been threatened several times with physical violence – including an alleged drive by shooting – if he didn’t pay up.
In spite of the large the volume of illegal drugs sold, Atkinson’s lawyer David Edwardson, QC, submitted to the District Court that his client deserved leniency. He said that Atkinson is not an evil drug dealer who embarked upon a course of conduct just for pure greed and who couldn’t care less about the consequences of his actions. Daniel Andrew Atkinson had pleaded guilty to several counts of trafficking and manufacturing of illegal drugs.
Prosecutor Susan Agnew informed Judge Geraldine Davison that Daniel Andrew Atkinson had set-up a sophisticated drug manufacturing and trafficking operation that had netted him enormous profits. She told the court Atkinson, of Condowie had rented several properties in the central business district under false names and set-up pseudonyms on the Silk Road, the notorious website – that enabled people to sell and buy illegal drugs on an anonymous and secretive section of the internet that is known as the dark web. The Silk Road was shut down by the F.B.I. in October 2013.
The prosecutor said that the accused had been manufacturing and selling large amounts of illegal drugs for substantial profit and it had been an ongoing operation that involved a lot of effort on the part of the accused, who had studied a chemistry course, set-up false names and identifications and also rented premises under fictitious names.
Judge Geraldine Davison sentenced Daniel Andrew Atkinson to 8 years and 5 months in prison with a non-parole period of 3 years and 6 months after the time he had spent in custody was taken into account.