The alleged murder target of a secretive online drug kingpin was a 47-year-old semi-pro poker player and self-proclaimed former heroin addict who was caught with $27,000 worth of cocaine.
On Thursday, court documents filed in Maryland district court revealed that Curtis Clark Green admitted to being an administrator of the Silk Road, an anonymous online drug marketplace. Known online as “chronicpain,” Green was a vocal member of the drug community who worked closely with site leader, the Dread Pirate Roberts, and frequently shared personal anecdotes and detailed advice on using and dealing in illegal substances.
Early last month, federal authorities detained the man they believed to be the Dread Pirate Roberts, arresting 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht in San Francisco and accusing him of narcotics trafficking, money laundering and hiring hitmen for the murder of two people. One of those two was Green, a grandfather and former paramedic who also sold oxycodone and other painkillers on Silk Road.
In a plea agreement signed Thursday, Green admits to possessing, with the intent to distribute, more than a kilogram of cocaine, which he accepted from an undercover United States postal inspector in January. An earlier criminal complaint from October against Ulbricht presented the same storyline surrounding an individual identified only as “the Employee.” That complaint alleged that Ulbricht had become aware of a Silk Road employee’s contact with federal agents and had attempted to pay a total of $80,000 to have that individual killed because of that interaction. Green’s real and online identities were not revealed in the original complaint.
By pleading guilty, Green admitted to not only handling drugs but also working as an administrator on Silk Road where he went by the handles ”Flush” and “chronicpain”. While he never knew his alleged boss by his real name, Green’s admissions will serve as another piece of the puzzle in authorities’ growing case against Ulbricht, who they say ran a $1.2 billion (sales) online drug operation and would do anything – even commit murder – to keep it running.
“[I] never killed a man or had one killed before,” Ulbricht allegedly said online as he was looking to find a hitman to take care of the employee. “But it is the right move in this case.”
Ulbricht is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, awaiting a bail hearing in a Manhattan district court that is scheduled for later this month.
As revealed today in a Baltimore courtroom, Curtis Clark Green is the mystery Silk Road employee that Ross Ulbricht, aka Dread Pirate Roberts, is accused of attempting to kill. Green was in federal court to plead guilty to conspiracy to traffic drugs for his role as a customer service representative with Silk Road, an anonymous online marketplace that abounded in illicit substances. Green is also a 47-year-old grandfather who works at a non-profit dedicated to helping people with learning disabilities. He lives in Spanish Fork, Utah, a small suburb south of Salt Lake City, and released this statement to me on Nov. 7:
I was an employee of Silk Road from approximately November 2012 until January 2013. I got involved in SR because I was interested in Bitcoin and SR was the biggest market place for Bitcoin. I also had an interest in harm reduction related to drug use. Initially I just chatted on the forum, and that led to DPR hiring me to work for SR. I was basically employed as a customer service rep, assisting people to use the site. I never used illegal drugs and I never intended to be directly involved in illegal drug deals.
In January 2013 federal agents stormed into my home and arrested me on drug charges. According to federal agents, DPR paid an undercover agent to murder me. The agents took photos as they faked my murder. I did not know the identity of DPR or any other user of SR. I never stole from DPR, SR or any SR users. On the advice of my attorney, I cannot give any further details, as I still face serious federal charges.
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