Silk Road DEA agent Carl Force facing 87 months in prison

Crime | October 19, 2015 By:

Former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl Force is set to be sentenced on October 19, at the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

A few months ago, Force was accused of abusing his DEA powers to illegally seize funds in a bitcoin exchange called CoinMKT and transferring bitcoin seized from the Silk Road investigation to his personal bitcoin and bank accounts in China.

For a few weeks during the covert investigation, Force provided Ross Ulbricht, the creator of now defunct dark marketplace Silk Road, classified investigation data to engage in private deals with Ulbricht and Silk Road operators.

In response, the US government has requested the court to press a sentence of 87 months imprisonment for obstruction of justice, money laundering and fraud.

Acting US Attorney Brian Stretch added that Force does not deserve leniency for damaging the reputation of US law enforcement and other honorary colleagues and agents who have risked their lives in hostage situations and undercover capacities.