According to a new filing, the US government is set to sell $130 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC) that was seized from the Silk Road. Indeed, the notice was issued from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and relays its intention with the seized assets
The notice for the impending sale of the assets follows a court-approved forfeiture of 69,000 BTC in the Silk Road case. The initial judgment was made in August of last year but was finally cleared to take effect in December according to a subsequent court filing.
US Government to Sell $130M in Seized Siik Road BTC
For those within the digital asset market, the Silk Road has been well-established as one of the industry’s biggest crimes. A digital black market, the Silk Road marketplace was used for money laundering and illegal drug trades using Bitcoin. Subsequently, the United States has updated its intentions with the assets that were seized from its 2013 closure.
The most recent update has come in a new filing made by authorities. Specifically, the US government has filed a notice to sell $130 million worth of Bitcoin that was seized from the Silk Road case. Therefore, leading to more resolution to the outcome of the massive 144,000 Bitcoins that were seized from the platform.
Before today’s notice, the most recent update had come at the tail end of 2023. Then, the government officially confiscated 69,370 BTC from the shutdown marketplace. Those assets were transferred to federal control and also included Bitcoin SV (BSV) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)/.
At the time of the 2020 seizure, the collection of assets was valued at more than $1 billion. The website has been closed since 2013. Moreover, court proceedings would precede the eventual destination of the seized funds.