An outrageous online “all-you-can order buffet” of illegal drugs better stop making home deliveries immediately, Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday.
Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) are trying to shut down the website Silk Road, which reportedly has been peddling home-delivered heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and other drugs since February.
“Never before has a website so brazenly peddled illegal drugs online,” Schumer said in a statement.
The senators announced they’d sent letters Sunday to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice, calling on the agencies to investigate and shutter the site, which was profiled on Gawker last week.
Silk Road enables users to hide their identities and orchestrate drug deals using “bitcoins,” described as an untraceable online currency. The site is compared to Amazon.com, with users rating their transactions on a five-point scale.
Representatives with the federal agencies were not available for comment last night.
In their letter, the senators recommended seizing the website’s domain name.
Schumer said he spoke with the DEA last week and the agency said it knew about the site, although it wouldn’t say if an investigation was under way.