“THEY need to understand, without equivocation, that there will be severe consequences.”

This was the message from Judge Katherine Forrest when she sentenced the mastermind behind Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

It was hoped the harsh sentence handed down to Ulbricht would act as a stern warning to dark web operators looking to follow in his footsteps.

However, it appears the threat feel on deaf ears because the underground online drug trade is as strong as ever.

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