Shutdown of 'Silk Road 2.0.' leads to Butte County couple's arrest

A Butte County couple was charged with conspiracy to make and distribute marijuana on the "Silk Road 2.0" website by a grand jury Thursday.

David Schell, 54, and Teri Schell, 59, both of Durham, had an 11-count indictment returned against them, Lauren Horwood, spokesperson for the Office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, said on Thursday.

According to court documents, law enforcement found an IP address accessing the Silk Road 2.0 website. The website was shut down in Nov. 6 for enabling users to sell contraband, including drugs like cocaine and marijuana. The day the site was shut down, federal agents searched the Schells' home in Durham and found more than 450 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, marijuana wax, which is made from extracting THC from marijuana leaves. Horwood said agents also found $12,000 in cash and packaging and shipping materials.

Court documents show David Schell mailed more than 100 packages overseas between January and September, using a different return addresses.

Both suspects are currently out of custody. Their arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 26.


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