Watchdogs and institutions around the world trying to put an end to Silk Road, but the marketplace's usage of Bitcoins makes it difficult to take definitive action.

This article titled “Silk Road: the online drug marketplace that officials seem powerless to stop” was written by James Ball, for The Guardian on Friday 22nd March 2013 16.04 UTC

Mark Johnson* rifles through his mail as he gets home from work. Among the usual bills is a small padded envelope. Though it doesn’t have his name on, it’s the package he’s most interested in: inside lie two grams of, he hopes, relatively pure MDMA.

Johnson has no idea who has sent him the envelope: he has never met his dealer, and never will. The delivery was facilitated through a website called Silk Road, an underground eBay-like site which has become the core marketplace for buying and selling drugs online – and despite law enforcement authorities across the world being fully aware of its operation they have, so far, been powerless to stop it.

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