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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
As they rushed toward a suburban Utah home with guns drawn, agents knew they were on to a significant figure in the Silk Road online drug bazaar - a major cocaine dealer, perhaps. Message boards on Silk Road - the world's most popular online drug market - had been buzzing about the sale that triggered this bust. Users of the encrypted website advertised drugs, forged documents and hacking tools for sale through seemingly anonymous transactions, but a kilo of pure Peruvian cocaine was something special.
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Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
A federal judge imposed a six-year sentence Friday on Jacob Theodore George IV, who sold heroin on the online drug bazaar Silk Road. George, 33, an Edgewood man with a history of arrests, drug abuse and mental health problems, apologized to the judge. He said he cried as he confessed to the federal agents who caught him. "I made a bad decision helping with Silk Road," George said, reading from prepared notes. George, who was taken into custody in early 2012, was one of the first dealers on the site to be arrested.
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Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
A federal judge imposed a six-year sentence Friday on Jacob Theodore George IV, who sold heroin on the online drug bazaar Silk Road. George, 33, an Edgewood man with a history of arrests, drug abuse and mental health problems, apologized to the judge. He said he cried as he confessed to the federal agents who caught him. "I made a bad decision helping with Silk Road," George said, reading from prepared notes. George, who was taken into custody in early 2012, was one of the first dealers on the site to be arrested.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun and By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
As they rushed toward a suburban Utah home with guns drawn, agents knew they were on to a significant figure in the  Silk   Road  online drug bazaar -- a major cocaine dealer, perhaps.  Message boards on  Silk   Road  -- the world's most popular online drug market -- had been buzzing about the sale that triggered this bust. Users of the encrypted website advertised drugs, forged documents and hacking tools for sale through seemingly anonymous transactions, but a kilo of pure Peruvian cocaine was something special.  Federal authorities in Baltimore had been working for a year to breach the inner circle of  Silk   Road's  kingpin, whom they knew only by the alias Dread Pirate Roberts.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
An administrator with wide-ranging access to the supposedly secret transactions on the Silk Road online market pleaded guilty to a drug charge Thursday in Baltimore after he was caught in a federal sting in January. Curtis Clark Green, 47, was unmasked as postal inspectors delivered a kilogram of cocaine to his Utah home. He had given his address to an undercover agent. Green's plea agreement reveals more details about how federal agents in Maryland closed in on the operators of the shadowy Internet site over the course of two years and built cases against its users and administrators.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
A federal judge in Manhattan denied bail Thursday to Ross Ulbricht after federal prosecutors alleged that he plotted six killings earlier this year to protect his position as the operator of the sprawling online drug market Silk Road. Assistant U.S. Attorney Serrin Turner said it's not clear whether five of the intended victims actually exist. But Turner argued that Ulbricht could not be released without endangering the public or running the risk that he would flee. He said the 29-year-old had explored obtaining citizenship in another country and ordered fake identity documents.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Ross Ulbricht commissioned no fewer than six murders for hire earlier this year to protect his position as the operator of the sprawling online drug market Silk Road, according to federal prosecutors. The new accusations come as the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York prepares to argue before a judge this morning that Ulbricht should be denied bail. Two murder for hire plots authorities say Ulbricht put into motion were detailed in the charges against him, and the four new attempts are described in a filing federal prosecutors provided to the Baltimore Sun. Ulbricht is accused of running Silk Road over the course of more than two years and building it into the most popular place to buy drugs online.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
A Maryland man has been charged in U.S. District Court with selling drugs on the massive online black market Silk Road, which was shut down earlier this month by federal authorities.  Court documents filed on Monday charge Jacob Theodore George IV, 32, who allegedly used the name "digitalink", with selling heroin and methylone over the sites from November 2011 to January 2012 using its encrypted servers and digital currency.  The indictment...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
An Edgewood drug dealer pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to supplying customers around the world through the Silk Road online marketplace. Jacob Theodore George IV, 32, admitted to agents with the Department of Homeland Security in January 2012 that he sold heroin and methylone — a synthetic drug often marketed as "bath salts" — using the hidden site. Silk Road was taken down and its alleged founder arrested at a San Francisco library early last month. George's attorney said he had been in custody since last year, but the charges against him were not filed until after the bust.
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By Marc LeGoff and Marc LeGoff,Staff writer | April 24, 1991
Glenelg High junior Dan Van Hemert captured four gold medals at the National Junior Olympics Swimming Championships earlier this month inBuffalo, N.Y., for efforts that included a meet record in the 200-yard butterfly and an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 1,000 freestyle.However, Van Hemert's best shot at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, could be offered by another country -- Holland.His parents, Leo and Julie, are natives of Holland, giving the 16-year-old dual citizenship. His uncle, William Van Hemert, a sportswriter for the General Dutch Sports Press, has contacted Dutch swimmingauthorities to find out the criteria to qualify for Holland's Olympic swim team.
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By Jonah Goldberg | June 11, 2012
Watching Bill Clinton act as Barack Obama's "No. 1 surrogate," in the words of National Public Radio, is as exquisitely painful as watching a runaway monkey with a paintball gun at a museum. Most of the pundits have focused on Mr. Clinton's motivations for refusing to read his lines from the White House script. That's understandable, given that Mr. Clinton is a one-man reality show whose diversity of motives makes the ladies of the "Real Housewives" franchise seem nun-like in their simplicity.
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