Alleged Silk Road Moderator Faces Life In Prison

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Silk Road Marketplace OnlnePeter Philip Nash who is alleged to have conspired to sell substantial quantities of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in the seized dark net bazaar, Silkroad, is being held in a New York jail awaiting trial. The 41 year old Australian was handed over to the US authority in late November 2014 and faces the possibility of life imprisonment in an American jail system if found guilty of the charges.



Australian Federal PoliceNash who is a former behavioral scientist at Wacol Prison in Queensland allegedly used the online pseudonyms “Same same but different” and ”Batman73 while operating Silkroad. He was arrested in December 2013 by the Australian Federal Police following an indictment released by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ wanted Mr. Nash for conspiracy to launder money, narcotics trafficking and computer hacking.

The Brisbane man is being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, awaiting his court appearance early December 2014. He is accused of being the Silkroad primary moderator and earned between US$50000 and US$75000 for his troubles according to his charge sheets.

The alleged former Silkroad moderator faces charges of narcotics conspiracy which carry a compulsory minimum of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. He also faces a count each of conspiracy to launder money and commit computer hacking. These two charges carry maximum jail terms of twenty years and five years respectively.

A leading New York prosecutor announced the unsealing of Mr. Nash’s indictment in 2013 along with those of Silkroad other conspirators Andrew Jones of Virginia and Gary Davis of Ireland. Away from providing a dark net platform for individuals who dealt in drugs, Silkroad also provided an avenue for the sale of hacking software including key loggers, password stealers as well as remote access tools.

Nash’s court documents say that during the time he oversaw the running of Silkroad, the bazaar offered an avenue for thousands of drug dealers to traffic in illicit drugs.