Two Senators Ask Government to Shut Down Website Selling Illegal Drugs

Two U.S. senators are calling on the federal government to shut down a website that sells illegal drugs using layers of secrecy to avoid detection. The website sells drugs including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.

Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia are asking the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department to close and investigate the website known as the Silk Road, named after the ancient Asian trade route.

The Associated Press reports that the website, which started in February, uses a network of buyers and sellers that hides their identity. The website tells sellers to make shipments using vacuum-sealed bags so that drug-sniffing dogs will not detect the packages.

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    Eric Wood

    June 16, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Joe, please be more specific. To which policies are you referring and what are the negative consequences? How do you measure that those consequences are worse than the ones these policies are trying to fix? I’ll be the first to agree the government has been woefully ineffective at solving our country’s drug problem, but let’s talk solutions. And why don’t we, just for novelty sake, start with a plan that doesn’t include widespread legalization?

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    June 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Amber, the pro-legalization crowd often takes over these threads. Thankfully, their opinions do not reflect our society at large. What amazes me is that lawmakers needed to request that such a site be shut down in the first place.

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    June 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    My last comment was directed at Eric Wood.

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    June 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    What would you say about governmental policies which cause more negative consequences than the issues which they purport to be mitigating?

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    June 10, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    I am all for having freedoms and sometimes the government might go to far. However, I am surprised at the amount of people on here seem to be ok with this type of website. I’m not trying to be rude or imply something so don’t take it that way but I always wonder if the majority of people that are upset about drug restrictions actually use themselves?

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