A Maryland man faces drug charges after he was apparently caught up in a highly unusual nationwide investigation involving an illegal marketplace on the Internet. Federal authorities recently shut down what they described as a massive online black market. Known as Silk Road, the site allegedly facilitated the sale of $1 billion worth of heroin and other illegal drugs and supposedly may have been involved in connecting users with services providing other illegal activity, including hired killings.
News of the investigation broke when police arrested the alleged owner of Silk Road last month. Some observers of the online underground were surprised by the arrest, saying they thought that Silk Road's technological defenses shielded it from investigators.
According to prosecutors, the arrest of the Maryland man is related to the Silk Road case. The man has been charged with selling heroin and other drugs online. If Silk Road was as massive a black market as prosecutors say, there may be many more indictments to come.
Federal prosecutors have many resources at their disposal when they want to convict Maryland residents accused of drug offenses, and the penalties are severe. However, all those accused are entitled to a defense. A strong defense begins with a thorough examination of the circumstances of the arrest and the allegations. When police or investigators overstep their authority to make a search or an arrest, the defendant may be able to have the evidence suppressed.
An investigation into an allegedly massive drug operation is necessarily complicated. By researching all those complications, defendants may find an area where they can get evidence suppressed and greatly improve their chances.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Maryland man charged in Silk Road drug marketplace case," Justin Fenton, Oct. 28, 2013