The founder of the infamous dark web marketplace Silk Road, which was notorious for facilitating illegal trades, has been moved to another high-security prison. Ross Ulbricht is now held up at the USP (United States Penitentiary) Tucson high-security prison in Arizona.
In this new prison, Ulbricht will be locked up among some high-profile murderers and gang members, but likely fewer than the previous facility where he was jailed.
Shifting Prisons Again
The facility also holds up a significant amount of sex offenders, credited to the prison’s exclusive Sex Offender Management Program it runs.
Currently, Ulbricht is set to continue serving his double life sentence here together with an additional 40-year sentence with no chance of parole.
Reason for the Transfer
Since his conviction, Ulbricht has been moving from one prison to the next. Nonetheless, this prison transfer was authorized after Judge Katherine Bolan Forrest made a recommendation. Judge Forrest is also the same judge who oversaw his trial.
USP Tucson was one among the two recommendations, the first being FCI Petersburg, a medium-security prison. This move was aimed at offering Ulbricht a safer and better ecosystem which would allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence without getting harmed.
Initially, during his trial, Ulbricht was locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a New York-based correctional facility. In July 2017, after his sentencing, he was moved to Colorado-based USP Florence. This correctional facility goes by the moniker the Alcatraz of the Rockies.
It is here that Ross was serving his sentence until the recent transfer move pushed through, which now has him transferred to Arizona-based USP Tucson.
About Silk Road:
Judge Katherine handed Ulbricht his double-lifetime sentence after the court found him guilty of various counts including conspiracy to assist in narcotics trafficking, computer hacking, as well as money laundering. All the charges arose from the fact that he was the creator and head admin of Silk Road, a now-defunct dark web marketplace.
The marketplace facilitated the buying and selling of goods using cryptocurrency. Ulbricht created Silk Road as part of a vision to establish a free marketplace which would facilitate anonymous online transactions without necessitating for the users to provide personal details. The creation of Silk Road started back in 2010, with the market operating for three years before its operations were seized by the FBI in 2013. The site officially became defunct after the arrest of Ulbricht by the federal authorities.
Ulbricht’s family is still optimistic that he will ultimately be transferred to a medium-level security facility since, according to them, he is not a dangerous criminal.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Silk Road is BACK ONLINE NOW as Silk Road 3.1 and open for business. The team did a change and upgrade for a reason we can only assume for security.