At least six more arrests for Silk Road vendors and buyers are in the works according to a Wired article citing anonymous law enforcement agents. The continued police action comes as Ross Ulbricht, accused of being the founder of the Deep Web black market, sits in a Brooklyn, New York jail awaiting a Nov. 21 bail hearing.
Investigators say there are at least half a dozen other arrests currently in the works. In addition, U.S. Postal Inspectors and Customs and Border Protection agents have seized at least 3,000 suspicious packages that authorities say can be tied to Silk Road.
Federal agents say the use of Tor and Bitcoin were major obstacles for them and that investigating the site was “uncharted territory” that involved a reversal of their usual investigative methods. Instead of starting with probable cause against a specific suspect who is already identified and then obtaining a search warrant to collect more evidence, the investigation of Silk Road involved collecting evidence from the site first and then trying to identify individuals.
“Even though we had these obstacles, we were able to still make these arrests,” one official says.