Silk Road Vendor and Murder-for-Hire Orchestrator Charged
The Canuck crook James Ellingson has been busted and charged with moving copious amounts of hardcore drugs through Silk Road, as well as orchestrating the murder of five people. This sleaze operated under the aliases "MarijuanaIsMyMuse" and "Lucydrop," hawking everything from crystal meth to weed from 2011 to 2013. Ellingson even had the cajones to claim he'd contract hitmen to do Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht's dirty work on his account. He was no small fry either. Blockchain ledgers show that he withdrew tons of bitcoin from the MarijuanaIsMyMuse account, tracing right back to his own wallet. Emails snooped by investigators reveal the truly naughty narcotic plans he was hatching. Not only did he owe massive amounts of cash to suppliers like "FriendlyChemist," who ended up hacked off enough to threaten to out Silk Road's secrets, but he also cooked up a homicidal scheme with Ulbricht to off said dealer. Horrifyingly Redandwhite, as Ellingson was known, sent a picture of the "dead" FriendlyChemist to Ulbricht before carrying out a string of other murders. He pocketed over half a million bucks in bitcoin from Ulbricht as payment for his remorseless trade. Ellingson's snapped red-handed in front of a building in the photograph he sent Ulbricht, and Canadian cops arrested him last year. He's now been slapped with multiple charges, including conspiracy to traffic drugs, their importation, and money laundering, among others. Looks like this kingpin's reign of terror is over.