By Associated Press - Monday, October 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former undercover federal agent has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for extortion and other charges after pleaded guilty to using his position to steal more than $700,000 in digital currency from an online drug bazaar known as Silk Road.

Federal prosecutors announced the sentence against former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl M. Force on Monday

The 46-year-old Force was tasked with masquerading as a drug dealer who had connections to hit men and establishing communications with Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht.

After he infiltrated the website, Force sold Ulbricht information about the Silk Road investigation.

Ulbricht was recently sentenced to life in prison.

Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges earlier also agreed to plead guilty to theft charges stemming from his separate involvement in siphoning funds from Silk Road.

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