Silk Road Drug Study

Is the Online Drug Game Making Dealers Less Violent?

Last October, federal agents took down Silk Road, a notorious “eBay of drugs” where one could anonymously buy drugs, pirated content, and identity documents. But drug deals made “in the cloud” may have had a silver lining, according to a new study presented by criminologist David Decary-Hetu and law professor Judith Aldridge. Although previous studies describe Silk Road as a market for individuals who would only purchase for personal use, Aldridge and Decary-Hetu found that a large number of transactions were in fact made by dealers. The professors assert that this “new breed of drug dealer” is “likely to be relatively free from the violence typically associated with traditional drug markets.”

The researchers propose that while “violence was commonly used to gain market share, protect turfs and resolve conflicts, the virtual location and anonymity that the cryptomarket provides reduces or eliminates the need — or even the ability — to resort to violence.” The study also sheds some light on other common misconceptions about Silk Road, one being that it was primarily a market for harder drugs. Instead, the analysis found that “drugs typically associated with drug dependence, harmful use and chaotic lifestyles (heroin, methamphetamine and crack cocaine) do not much appear on Silk Road, and generate very little revenue.”

Related Articles

Drugs
Drugs

Does America Really Love Molly?

Drugs
Drugs

Drugs, Sex, and Murder: Grams Helps You Buy It All Online

Drugs
Drugs

DEA Seizes Millions Worth of Marijuana in Fake-Ass Watermelons

Drugs
Drugs

Senator Seeks Ban on Palcohol Fearing it Will Become Kool-Aid

Drugs
Drugs

News Anchor Promotes Weed Legalization by Quitting Live on Air

Drugs
Drugs

Thousands of Russian Teens Becoming Addicted to Spice

Ad

Latest News

clams casino the listening room Music

New Music From Clams Casino, Denzel Curry, Rockie Fresh and More

The Listening Room (June 26, 2017)
DJ Premier with Prodigy and Mobb Deep Music

The Best Prodigy Rarities and Tributes SoundCloud

"Still came home with his shine"
Taylor J "Five Times" Music

Taylor J Takes Over a Five Guys in His New Video For “Five Times”

Can we get a combo?
chris brown future "pie" video Music Video

Future Adds a Bite to ‘HNDRXX’ With “Pie,” Featuring Chris Brown

You thought he'd take the summer off?
warhol.ss, open space, chicago, black and white Video

Open Space: Warhol.ss

"We don't give off that same violent persona. We just be ourselves."
Super Nintendo Classic Tech/Games

The World May Be Burning, But At Least The Super Nintendo Classic Is Coming Back

Help us Star Fox, you're our only hope
XXXsensation Rainbow Cover Music

An Interview With XXXSensation, the Internet’s Top XXXTentacion Parody Artist

*clean*
Travel Ban Protests News

Trump’s Muslim Ban Partially Reinstated By the Supreme Court

Welcome to the "bona fide relationship" era
clams-casino-tape Music

Clams Casino Brings His Beats Back with ‘Instrumentals 4’

Download a fresh catch from the Vince Staples & A$AP Rocky producer
computer-brain Knowledge

Knowledge Darts Vol. 17: Content Of My Character

You can’t pay rent or utilities with respect
run-the-jewels-daily-op Music

Killer Mike and El-P’s Run the Jewels Debuted Four Years Ago. Job Well Done!

The bangin' beginning of one of hip hop's best duos
Chance The Rapper News

Watch Chance the Rapper’s Moving Speech At the BET Awards

Michelle Obama introduced Chance for his BET Humanitarian Award
shaqisdope, power, toronto Music

PREMIERE: ShaqIsDope Wants That “Power”

"I wanted to create a record that would inspire people to get up and go get it."
jay-z-reaction News

What JAY-Z Going To Rap About? Colonoscopies?

Never Read The Comments
migos and joe budden nearly fight at bet awards News

Joe Budden and Migos Almost Got Into Fisticuffs on BET Red Carpet

Watch Offset elegantly prepare himself for battle
will wagner, deep cover, vintage, wwe Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Will Wagner of Deep Cover

Look back at the Attitude Era through vintage WWE/WWF clothing