Thomas White was a teenager when he took over the Silk Road site on the dark web after it was shut down by the FBI, as well as for possessing hundreds of indecent images of children.


Sentencing him at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Thomas Teague QC said: “You traded in illicit drugs and facilitated the trading by others in such drugs through the medium of a clandestine online marketplace, Silk Road.

“It had sophisticated security arrangements to minimise the risk of detection by law enforcement agencies and users made and received payments in bitcoin.”


White, using the name StExo, began using the dark web marketplace in 2013 to buy a prescription drug used for sleeping disorders, and then entered into an agreement with user MedsforBitcoin, in India, to become a distributor in exchange for a discount, said David Jackson, prosecuting.