29-year-old Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind of the underground drug market Silk Road, did not leave much of an impression on his former housemates, according to a new report from Forbes. Until he turned up on the front page of the San Francisco Examiner, accused of running a multi-million dollar drug bazaar for years under the handle "Dread Pirate Roberts." Above are text messages, via Forbes, between housemates Drew and Brandon from the moment they realized the true identity of their mysterious summer subletter, who called himself "Josh" and said he was a "currency trader" and freelance IT worker.
Josh was never seen with any type of drug, says Brandon. Ulbricht’s room, which was kept clean with the bed made every day, showed no signs of narcotics use, according to the housemates. Moreover, there were never any packages coming and going from the home.
The two were contacted by Ulbricht based on a Craigslist post, and Ulbricht lived with them for two months this summer, until August. To be fair, Brandon and Josh's Craigslist ad didn't specify whether the place was internet drug lord-friendly or not.