This is a very odd comments page.
He designed, run, and profited from a website specifically for selling illegal drugs. He didn't just do it for fun, he certainly didn't do it for free - he made money from the sale of drugs - not just the odd spliff either.
It doesn't matter how you justify it - in fact it doesn't matter of he run it via TOR, or via a small shed behind Tesco's - the fact is, he did it, and he did it willingly, as a business, and in full knowledge of his actions.
From my limited understanding, he was a prominent figure in the drug world. He most likely enjoyed the notoriety, and power that came with his standing in the underworld. He is just as much to blame as any other cartel leader, in that he supplied and profited from the sale of illegal substances, in such a way that it was way above what would possibly have been classed as a small operation.
The fact it was run via TOR means he was deliberately using means to hide his tracks and to remain anonymous from those authorities that would seek to punish him. His ultimate motives and possible remorse or guilt are utterly irrelevant. The negative impact he had on people's lives, either directly due to the purchase of drugs, or the immediate family (which WILL have been affected in many cases), is bad enough to probably warrant a small stint in jail.
The fact this happened on a daily basis, to many, many customers, is abhorrent to more people than not, and is entirely unjustifiable on here, or any mainstream news forum.
Oh, and the fact I've never taken any illegal drugs, ever, nor the fact many of you here do, it 100% irrelevant to the outcome of this story. It's illegal, it has been for a very long time, and until it isn't, no matter how must you lot try to justify it away, you are totally wrong.