Accused Silk Road 2.0 Kingpin Was ‘Very Polite’ Techie, Kept a Bible in His Tesla
Blake Benthall’s rented apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District stood out to neighbors. At first, that was because of the ornate pirate ship cutout in the bay window. But in January, it caught neighbors’ eye for a different reason: Benthall bought a flashy car.
Silk Road 2.0, infiltrated from the start, sold $8M per month in drugs.
A few months after the launch of Silk Road 2.0, the drug-dealing website Benthall is accused of running, he brought home a brand-new Tesla S. He rented driveway space from his next-door neighbor, an 85-year-old woman who also sometimes read the Bible with him. He kept the book inside the Tesla.
The details are in a weekend piece by Mission Local, a neighborhood news site that spoke to several of Benthall’s neighbors on Florida Street. Benthall lived with two roommates who couldn’t be reached.