Though somewhat overshadowed by the sentencing of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht, Dread Pirate Roberts, to life without parole, just one day earlier, the Silk Road’s number 1 vendor SuperTrips was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling narcotics through the site.
Cornelis Jan Slomp, the 23 year old software developer who was the face behind the vendor was hailed by CBS news as the most prolific drug dealer on the Deep Web.
Vocativ have described him as the “Pablo Escobar of the Silk Road” due to his vast sales, including 14 kilos of MDMA, 566,000 ecstasy tablets and over 4 kilos of cocaine.
He was known for boasting on the site, declaring that he had “big stockpiles of product, you literally cannot empty me out”.
With these supplies, and armed with his iPhone, laptop and backpack, he quickly amassed over $3 million in bitcoin according to sources.
Slomp had arrived in Miami in a rented Lamborghini, intent on experiencing the South Beach party scene, back in 2013.
He pleaded guilty to the charges in return for leniency, his sentence otherwise could have been nearer to 40 years.
Speaking after his arrest Slomp stated that he was both “ashamed and embarrassed” by his actions.
He said that he had justified his actions for himself, by saying that those he was supplying were making their own choice to buy the products.
However he showed how easy it was to fall victim to drug abuse, quickly becoming addicted himself.
The case against Slomp began way back in April 2012, when a federal agent investigating drug shipments at O’Hare International recovered a fingerprint on an envelope containing a DVD box which in turn concealed ecstasy tablets.
The envelope came from the Netherlands, and was traced back to Slomp, and placed him on the list of Silk Road vendors.
Over the next year, more than 100 similar envelopes were collected, and were traced back to Slomp’s moniker SuperTrips on the online drug marketplace.
However while in custody Slomp underwent a radical change, stepping away from addiction, and cooperating with agents in their investigation of Ross Ulbricht and the other kingpins of the Silk Road.
Slomp even offered to testify against Ulbricht, however, he was never called upon.
While his case was obviously never going to get the publicity that Ulbricht’s received, a stark lesson in the danger of vending drugs on the internet can be learned from Cornelis Jan Slomp.
He became addicted himself, became depressed and in the end is lucky that he will spend only one decade behind bars.
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