At least two moderators of the Silk Road 2 user forums have been arrested by authorities in the U.S. and Ireland. A source claiming to have inside knowledge of the arrests said that Libertas, a moderator on the Silk Road 2 forums [TOR link], has been arrested by the Irish Police (Garda Siochana) in Wicklow during a raid carried out on Thursday at about 8PM local time. A source at the Wicklow Police has confirmed the arrest of the yet-unnamed moderator.
The FBI allegedly arrested another moderator, Inigo, in Virginia.
“They caught [Libertas] this evening at his house in Wicklow at around 8pm Irish time, and managed to seize a large number Euro of bitcoins in the raid. The figure is to be confirmed,” the source said. “It looks like the beginnings of the demise of Silk Road 2, not very long after its resurrection.”
A police source independently confirmed the arrest of Libertas, saying that a man was arrested last night in connection with the new Silk Road and charged yesterday (under the Criminal Mutual Assistance Act of 2008.) Police searched his house and took computers. He made bail last night.
Libertas did not respond to online messages.
The source explained that a EU law enforcement infiltrated both the Silk Road and the Silk Road 2 after the arrest of site owner Ross Ulbricht.
“Silk Road were very foolish in their operations,” he said. “A number of EU LE units infiltrated their market admin. Plenty of other information was acquired. We will see that as the Ross Ulbrict case proceeds, EU law enforcement had a large part to play in providing the FBI with the information they needed, partially because most of the operators and the servers were over this side of the Atlantic.”
Authorities have not released the names of the moderators although the Irish police believe that Libertas is “tied in with” the Irish Silk Road drug trade.
In Virginia a Reddit user claiming to be in a relationship with Silk Road 2 moderator Inigo announced that her boyfriend had been arrested.
Her story – corroborated by arrest warrants and a business card from Christopher Tarbell, a Special Agent for the FBI who took down the first Silk Road earlier this year – is not confirmed at this time.
The case number she provided, 3:13-MS-356, appears in the docket for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and cites Andrew Michael Jones as defendant.
UPDATE – The US Manhattan Attorney General has announced the arrests of three members of the Silk Road.