Silk Road 2.0 Vendor Is Jailed For Two Years

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Cei William OwensA 29-yr.-old Welsh man by the name of Cei William Owens pleaded guilty to charges of supplying of class A and B drugs; he now faces a 2-yr. jail term. William was arrested alongside six other British nationals by the (NCA) National Crime Agency, being part of a broader clampdown on dark web site Silkroad 2.0. Reports indicate that he used to run his Silkroad business as a small mail order-style service, shipping narcotics to clients at certain pre-arranged drop off points.


He’s been charged with distribution of both class A & B Silkroad drugs including magic mushrooms and bhang, plus three other counts of possession. Owens, who’s a former resident of Aberdovey but recently staying at Aberystwyth, will be subjected to an additional “Proceeds of Crime” investigation. This will give the courts supreme power to seize any cash or assets derived from his illegal Silkroad activities.

During his Silkroad sentencing at the Swansea Crown Court, it was revealed that William went under the virtual pseudonym “Johnny Alpha” and traded with his account as part of the organized and sophisticated delivery system. Also for the campaigns, he advertised the narcotics as “quality hash” while promising clients free next day delivery and offering to ship illicit Silkroad substances via 1st class registered mail. Following a sanctioned raid at his residence, detectives recovered narcotics, digital scales and data encryption software installed within his computer.

In spite of a defence plea to give a suspended sentence, Recorder Ian Murphy QC said that he had no other option but enforcing an immediate prison term on the Silkroad dealer. The nature of his operations was quite complicated, with photographic exhibits showing a room had actually been converted to a distribution center; he also had lots of customer feedback from clients on his Silkroad profile.

On the home raid conducted by federal agents, various prohibited Silkroad paraphernalia was recovered including cannabis, MDMA, heat-sealing machines and legal highs with an estimated street value of £1,700. Moreover, stamps from Canada and Netherlands were discovered in the house showing that maybe Cei William was shipping narcotics to these countries as well.