Senators Seek Crackdown on Silk Road Drug Sales Site


Two U.S. senators will ask federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency, the Associated Press reports. Heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Joe Manchin (D-WVA) said they asked the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration to shut down and investigate the website, often referred to as the Silk Road after an ancient Asian trade route. “This audacious website should be shut down immediately,” Manchin said. “Never before has a website so brazenly peddled illegal drugs online,” Schumer said. “By cracking down on the website immediately, we can help stop these drugs from flooding our streets.”

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