Friday, February 19, 2016

IRS Agent and Google Took Down Drug Lord

IRS Agent
Using only Google and other internet resources, a Filipino-American Internal Revenue Service (IRS) special agent took down one of America’s most wanted online drug kingpins.

The 38-year-old Gary Alford is getting credit for connecting the name of Ross Ulbricht to "Dread Pirate", an alias Ulbricht used as the mastermind behind the online drug bazaar known as "Silk Road".

Silk Road was selling about US$ 300,000 worth of heroin and other illegal drugs per day.

Alford, who was working with the Drug Enforcement Authority on the "Silk Road" case, uncovered the connection in mid-2013.

Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year.

Alford's role in solving the Silk Road case was largely left out of court documents and proceedings but was recently featured in the New York Times.

The article describes Alford as a short, half-black, half-Filipino kid who grew up in a tough neighborhood in Brooklyn.

After Ulbricht'a arrest in 2013, Alford's superiors honored him with a plaque saying "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by chance ever observes," a quote from Sherlock Holmes.

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