Silk Road -- the presumably illegal Deep Web underground drug marketplace that was recently shut down by the FBI -- may be gone, but it hasn’t been forgotten. According to the Daily Dot, a vendor in the Sheep Marketplace called TheHeineken is selling five 300-milligram ecstasy pills emblazoned with the Silk Road camel logo and initials. It will cost roughly $162 to place an order.
“To pay our respect to DPR and to forever remember the legacy that was Silkroad we have made a small batch of special units,” TheHeineken wrote. “On the front is the logo we all came to love and on the back the initials S.R.”
As the Verge pointed out, “DPR” is a reference to Dread Pirate Roberts, an online pseudonym for the man who founded Silk Road. On Oct. 2, the FBI shut down Silk Road and arrested Ross Ulbricht, 29, on charges of narcotics-trafficking conspiracy, computer-hacking conspiracy and money-laundering conspiracy. Ulbricht is believed to be Dread Pirate Roberts. He has denied all charges.
The vendor known as TheHeineken recently moved from Silk Road to Sheep Marketplace after the former was shut down by the feds. According to the Daily Dot, TheHeineken has conducted an impressive number of transactions since arriving. In one week, the vendor reportedly has been responsible for 135 sales of a number of different drugs, including MDMA, LSD and speed.
“Holy s--- I need some of these so bad!” a user wrote, according to the Daily Dot.
“Looking delicious,” added another user.
Sheep Marketplace is just one alternative that has sprung up since the demise of Silk Road. As the Verge reported, other Deep Web bazaars such as Deepbay and Black Market Reloaded have also picked up the slack in the buying and selling of illegal goods and services online. All three sites use the virtual currency bitcoin and operate on the anonymous Tor network.
Users on these illegal Deep Web marketplaces often espouse a libertarian agenda of freedom from government interference, the Verge said. Before the site was shut down, one Silk Road moderator, Libertas, posted a message saying the community must “regroup elsewhere” and continue its activities.
“We have the power to fight these agents of oppression, to fight the governments that task them with that oppression, and with the fires that Silk Road has stoked in our hearts and minds we must do just that,” the moderator wrote. “No doubt we will all regroup elsewhere, and I look forward to seeing all of you again, still free and still engaging in free trade without government interference into your personal affairs.”