Accused Silk Road Moderator Sentenced To Time Served

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Peter Phillip NashThe Australian man, Peter Phillip Nash, charged of operating the once famous darknet drug site, the Silk Road, has been sentenced to time served on Tuesday. The 42 years old who had pleaded guilty on March to a US District Court in New York on charges brought against him for money laundering and narcotic trafficking conspiracy. He was initially facing a life sentence when he was arrested. According to prosecutors, he played a minimal role in the site and had an impressive history helping individuals with physical and mental disabilities. He personally never sold drugs but did bring in cocaine to feed his own addiction. During the day, he worked as a senior manager for the Forensic Disability Service.


The prosecutors had asked for a jail term of between 10 to 12.5 years. However, this was an argument opposed by his lawyers who claim the 18 months Nash had spent in jail in both Australia and US must be considered.

Nash worked on the Silk Road site as the forum moderator. As the forum moderator, Nash was responsible for monitoring user’s forums online and guiding them appropriately. He guided customers on how they can effectively conduct business on the site. He was also responsible for reporting any form of problems to the administration. According to the court, Nash took the role for ten months starting on January 2013 to October 2013. Such a position attracted salaries ranging from $50,000 to $75,000 a year. Peter Nash used to go by various names on the darknet site among them the “Batman73”, “Samesamebutdifferent”, “Anonymousasshit” and “Symmetry”.

Grams The Silk Road which used bitcoins to conduct transactions had generated $17.3 million in sales of cocaine, $8.9 million in heroin and $8.1 million in methamphetamine.