Ex-US agent gets 6½ years for Silk Road drug site extortion

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2015 11:35 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former undercover federal agent has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for using his position to steal more than $700,000 in digital currency from an online drug bazaar known as Silk Road.

Federal prosecutors on Monday announced the sentence against former Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Carl M. Force, who pleaded guilty to extortion and other charges.

Force was tasked with masquerading as a drug dealer who had connections to hit men and establishing communications with Ross Ulbricht, operator of the multimillion-dollar marketplace for illegal drugs and other contraband.

After he infiltrated the website, Force sold Ulbricht information about the Silk Road investigation. Ulbricht has been sentenced to life in prison.

Former Secret Service Agent Shaun Bridges also agreed to plead guilty to separate theft charges for siphoning funds from Silk Road.