Illegal Drug Website Shutdown May Have Impact In The Inland Nort - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Illegal Drug Website Shutdown May Have Impact In The Inland Northwest

Posted: Updated:

On Wednesday, FBI agents shut down the website devoted to illegal drug sales called, the Silk Road.

Agents arrested 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht in San Francisco & charged him with narcotics trafficking & several other charges. KHQ spoke to detectives with the Quad Cities Drug Task Force in Pullman. They say at least one recent case has come through their office involving the Silk Road. Detectives with the task force say the Silk Road had been gaining popularity on the Palouse between college campuses in Moscow & Pullman.

The drug website was the purchase site for hundreds of illegal drugs including methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. Those buying drugs on the website could remain anonymous through the Bitcoin payment network. Users would have the drugs shipped to their homes or other locations in discrete packages.

The Quad Cities Drug Task Force handles about 100 drug cases per year between Idaho and Washington. Detectives could not say for sure how many cases involved the Silk Road. Detectives say, those they arrest often wont tell them where they have purchased the drugs.

 

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Hillyard family finds mystery ashes in Chinese lantern

    Hillyard family finds mystery ashes in Chinese lantern

    Thursday, August 24 2017 2:31 AM EDT2017-08-24 06:31:04 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Tuesday a mystery landed in the front of a Hillyard family's home and it came from above. "I thought it was a garbage sack that fell out the back of somebody's truck," said Steven O'Neel. But it wasn't. It was something quite different.

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Tuesday a mystery landed in the front of a Hillyard family's home and it came from above. "I thought it was a garbage sack that fell out the back of somebody's truck," said Steven O'Neel. But it wasn't. It was something quite different.

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 23rd

    Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 23rd

    Thursday, August 24 2017 2:30 AM EDT2017-08-24 06:30:02 GMT
    Mad Minute for 12/30/16Mad Minute for 12/30/16

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 23rd.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 23rd.

    More >>
  • Gov. Jay Inslee pens open letter to Paul Ryan ahead of Everett visit

    Gov. Jay Inslee pens open letter to Paul Ryan ahead of Everett visit

    Thursday, August 24 2017 2:23 AM EDT2017-08-24 06:23:02 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is hoping House Speaker Paul Ryan's visit to Everett, Washington, on Thursday will inspire him to make a change when he returns to D.C. Ryan will be in Everett Thursday to tour a Boeing Co. facility and hold a town hall meeting with employees about his plan to cut federal taxes paid by Boeing in order to spur economic growth. His visit is scheduled for 8 a.m. and the town hall will be streamed live on the Speaker's website.

    More >>

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is hoping House Speaker Paul Ryan's visit to Everett, Washington, on Thursday will inspire him to make a change when he returns to D.C. Ryan will be in Everett Thursday to tour a Boeing Co. facility and hold a town hall meeting with employees about his plan to cut federal taxes paid by Boeing in order to spur economic growth. His visit is scheduled for 8 a.m. and the town hall will be streamed live on the Speaker's website.

    More >>