On Thursday, Cornelis Jan Slomp, known on Silk Road as SuperTrips, stood in court in Chicago and admitted to being the largest drug trafficker on the now-shuttered underground website.
He ran a worldwide operation that distributed huge quantities of ecstasy, cocaine and other illegal substances in exchange for millions of dollars worth of the digital currency bitcoins.
The prolific drug trafficker known as “SuperTrips” arrived in Miami from Holland nine months ago with just a mobile phone and $20,000 in cash, ready to hit the South Beach club circuit in a rented Lamborghini.
This was cut short after the authorities caught up with him.
Cornelis Jan Slomp, 23, a Dutch national, has entered into a plea agreement and is cooperating with law enforcement in exchange for a recommended 15-year prison sentence.
His sentence could even be reduced if he provides assistance on future investigations.
Without the plea, he could have faced as many as 40 years in prison.
Slomp’s attorney, Paul Petruzzi said his client may testify against Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, also known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,”.
As most of us know, Ulbricht was the mastermind behind Silk Road who was arrested in October, was accused of soliciting the murders of a federal witness and a disgruntled drug dealer who threatened to expose names of Silk Road users.
Slomp is also said to be providing information about his numerous drug suppliers and distributors, including a cocaine supplier from Chicago and a man in Florida who was supposedly going to take over Slomp’s U.S. operations.
Slomp admitted in his plea agreement that over an 18-month period beginning in March 2012 he distributed worldwide more than half a million pills of Ecstasy, 104 kilograms of powdered Ecstasy, as well as large quantities of cocaine, LSD, marijuana and prescription painkillers.
The investigation into SuperTrips began in April 2012 after U.S. customs officers at O’Hare International Airport seized an envelope mailed from Holland that had Ecstasy pills concealed inside an empty DVD case.
Agents in Chicago eventually collected more similar envelopes containing various drugs, all mailed from the Netherlands or Germany and traced them back to Slomp’s vendor account on Silk Road.
Authorities have said that they seized more than $3 million worth of bitcoins tied to Slomp’s operation, some of which have since been converted into U.S. currency.
According to the plea deal, Slomp could wind up serving a large part of his prison sentence in his home country as part of an international prisoner transfer program.
Prosecutors have agreed not to take a position if Slomp requests such a transfer with the U.S. Department of Justice so long as he continues to cooperate.
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