VANCOUVER — Canadian police have come up empty-handed in their search for a White Rock, B.C., man allegedly killed following an extortion attempt on an accused online drug-exchange broker.
In a U.S. court document filed by the FBI, it’s alleged Ross William Ulbricht ordered a $150,000 hit on the White Rock man known only by his online username, FriendlyChemist, to keep his Internet activities secret from law enforcement.
Ulbricht, the man portrayed by police to be the mastermind of the infamous black market website Silk Road, is alleged to have arranged $1.2 billion in illegal sales, earning $80 million in commission.
His roommates knew him simply as “Josh,” someone who was “always home in his room on the computer.”
To the numerous drug dealers and criminals the FBI said used the website, however, Ulbricht was the alleged “captain” of an online ship that arranged sales of things like drugs and contract-killing connections in 10 countries. It was controlled by administrators working beneath the 29-year-old from an Internet cafe in San Francisco.Follow @Canoe