The underground online marketplace Silk Road has returned to the Internet – and now offers its buyers the option of purchasing cannabis, as well as a number of other illicit substances.
Silk Road 3.0
According to an investigation by IBTimes UK, registration on the site is followed by a greeting from a ‘staff member,’ which includes a description of the website’s offerings.
“We are the most well-known and resilient marketplace on the dark net, and one of the oldest and most secure having lasted the test of time… You will find everything that you desire here. Please obey our rules and observe proper security practices while you are here.
If you need anything, the dedicated Silk Road staff and vendors specialised in every substance imaginable are here to provide you the highest quality products, and the best service on the dark net. Take a look at our forums for more information, guides and an incredible community of users. Happy trading comrade!”
Though the site purports to offer a variety of products, a bulk of its wares are drug-related: a sidebar menu includes headings titled: Cannabis, Stimulants, Prescription, Benzos, Psychedelic, Ecstacy, Dissociatives, and Opioids.
“The seller [redacted] offered to sell me pills at a discounted rate. Then at the last minute after I ordered tried to get me to tell me 30 bucks for shipping. After I ordered them he hasn’t been online for 6 days and I’ve asked him to cancel the order. Can you please help me out with what to do next?”
That commenter’s question was answered by an admin, who wrote, “I think a vendor is a scammer [sic].”
Many Reddit users see the site’s latest iteration as also headed for disaster, with one commenter vowing never to use the site.
“I wouldn’t touch anything [that] has Silk Road in its name with a 10-foot pole anymore… It just shows that the market is desperate enough to aim for the newbies who read one Vice article about the whole Silk Road drama and now want to buy pounds of weed.”
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