The Ross Ulbricht trial resumed with prosecutors sharing what they allege was a murder-for-hire plot involving Ulbricht, a Canadian drug dealer, bad loans and the Hell’s Angels.
Judge Katherine Forrest allowed prosecutors to present evidence allegedly linking Ulbricht to murder-for-hire plots. The case at hand does not include such charges, which are being handled in a separate case, but prosecutors argue that such evidence helps prove Ulricht’s commitment toward his alleged criminal enterprise.
An online dealer under the pseudonym “FriendlyChemist,” later revealed as Blake Krokoff of British Columbia, apparently lent another Silk Road user $900,000 worth of drugs. The user did not pay FriendlyChemist back in full, and the latter in turn was being sought by other drug suppliers to whom he owed money. FriendlyChemist threatened to reveal the identities of Silk Road vendors and customers if he didn’t get the money, raising the ire of “Dread Pirate Roberts” (DPR).
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DPR told a “redandwhite” which claimed to be a member of the Hell’s Angels and who the prosecution claimed was FriendlyChemist’s creditor:
“In my eyes, FriendlyChemist is a liability and I wouldn’t mind if he was executed, but then you’d be out of US$700,000.”
The prosecution’s presentation further confirms DPR’s role as a kingpin. But the challenge will now be to prove that Ulbricht consistently played the part of DPR. The contesting of this point is the basis for Ulbricht’s defense strategy, which they will be presenting this week.
Prosecutors also presented Ulbricht’s activity on a popular online dating site, where he said that he’s plotting his “next venture”–one which prosecutors argued was Silk Road.