You have probably heard that Bitcoin is great because no one can take it from you, right? Well, a new case involving a Silk Road drug dealer and the police of Vancouver will make you think twice about that.
The dealer, known only as “D.A.L.” on the deep web, has trafficked marijuana and made a lot of money from that using the old Silk Road platform, which enabled people to use a black market based on Bitcoin.
Now, the local police have seized the computer of the man after the arrest and they found some BTC in there. In fact, they were able to find 226 BTC, around $2.6 million USD at the time of this report.
The legal battle is happening now because D.A.L. is accusing the police of misleading justice in order to obtain his laptop, which contains the BTC.
D.A.L., who was already serving time before the BTC was discovered, affirmed that the investigators were not fully open on their investigation and for breaching his charter rights. Despite being ordered to return the hard drives, they applied to keep them and the money within. The drug dealer is defending his right to have the computer by saying that the police committed fraud in order to keep it.
On the other side of the discussion, the police believe that the Bitcoin was obtained by selling large amounts of cannabis using the Silk Road, so it is evidence of the crime. The police force is using the B. C.’s Civil Forfeiture Act, a law that affirms that if an item was linked to a crime or unlawful activity, the police has the right to seize it.
According to the local justice, if it is discovered that the police actually broke the law, the Bitcoin will probably be given back, what will not happen unless they are forced to do it.
The arrest happened back in 2013. The police raided D.A.L.’s house and found 14.5 kilograms of weed there, as well as scales and vacuum sealers. It was the response to a 911 call. They apprehended the drugs and a computer then.
On the Silk Road, D.A.L. used the MarijuanaisMyMuse alias and received BTC for the drugs he sold. He pleaded guilty on 2015 and he is currently in jail now.
The order to return his property was only signed back in 2017. The police gave the computer back but kept the hard drives, which prompted his brother to act. Initially, the police kept the drives for “forensic reasons”, but they soon found the BTC, which they believed came from crime, so they could not simply let this slide.
More Than A Single Person Used The MarijuaisMyMuse Profile
D.A.L. is not the only person being accused of using the MarijuanaisMyMuse account. An American named James Ellingson, which lives in the same city as the other dealer, is also accused of using the exchange’s profile to sell weed.
The judge of the case affirmed that the two were a part of a conspiracy in order to make money illegally and that there is no conflict in the fact that two people used the account. At the moment, Ellingson is not facing any charges in the U. S., only in Vancouver.