NEW YORK—Prosecutors in the Silk Road drug-trafficking trial have shown heaps of evidence from the laptop they seized from Ross Ulbricht, the man they say was the kingpin behind the world’s biggest drug-trafficking website.
What hasn’t been known, until this morning, is what exactly led them to Ulbricht. A Homeland Security agent who testified last week had been investigating the site since it became famous in mid-2011, but it wasn’t until September 2013 that he heard the name “Ross Ulbricht.” Days later, Ulbricht had been arrested.
Today, IRS Special Agent Gary Alford took the stand and explained how he got onto Ulbricht’s trail using one of the most basic tools on the Internet: a simple Google search.
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