Silk Road 2.0 suspect Blake Benthall was also grateful for rent control. pic.twitter.com/zLoCWe7TVp— Capp Street Crap (@cappstreetcrap) November 7, 2014
Blake Benthall, the former SpaceX employee and Dread Pirate Roberts copycat whom the FBI arrested in San Francisco on Wednesday, stands accused of starting the Silk Road 2.0, a deep web drug marketplace run on Bitcoin. Among the accusations leveled at the 26-year-old: using Bitcoin gained from the Silk Road to buy a Tesla. Nonetheless, Benthall lamented the upward pressures on rents by posting an indeed scary infographic from Priceonomics to his Twitter. It's hard to afford a place in the Mission these days, right? If you're trying to pay in Bitcoin, well, yeah.
In trying to blend in with his environs, Benthall follows in the footsteps of the original Silk Road's former kingpin, Ross Ulbricht (a.k.a. Dread Pirate Roberts), who was nabbed in an FBI sting last year that went down in the Glen Park Library's science fiction section.
· Capp Street Crap [Twitter]
· Color-Coding San Francisco's Totally Bonkers Rental Market [Curbed SF]
· Glen Park Librarians Stunned As FBI Swarms Sci-Fi Section To Nab Alleged Head Of Billion Dollar Drug Website [SF Appeal]