A vendor on the online marketplace Silk Road, learned that he was not as anonymous as he thought he was while facilitating transactions. In February of 2014, Kennedy was arrested by Department of Homeland agents and was subsequently charged with narcotics trafficking, gun theft, and counterfeiting related crimes.
If found guilty of all the charges he is facing, Kennedy would face upwards of 20 years in federal prison.
Based on a press release issued by Homeland Security, a Baltimore based special Silk Road task force intercepted a package addressed to Kennedy. The contents of the package, which was shipped from China, contained the illegal drug ecstasy. Merely receiving the drug is a federal crime in and of itself, but Homeland Security chose to investigate the matter further.
During the investigation, Homeland Security revealed Kennedy allegedly sent a package to England containing cocaine. Undercover agents then launched a sting operation and, during the operation, were able to purchase both a handgun and cocaine from him.
Shockingly, Kennedy did not go very far to protect his anonymity. He posted images of himself with contraband on social networks such as Facebook and Google Plus. All of these images and his activity on his social media profiles has been entered into evidence against him in a court of law.
The arrest does point out the fact that, while transactions on sites such as Silk Road can be anonymous among the buyers and the sellers, the sales do occur in the real world. If you are carless and don’t take your anonymity serious then you definitely shouldn’t be visiting these sites.
Of course, those who do not take steps to protect their anonymity are not going to remain anonymous. Any and all activity on social media platforms brings a person to the attention of the public.