I read the article it started in Feb 2011 which does make it quite new, here's some of the article--
Statistics for the forums (that require a separate account and login details) are readily available and show nearly 11,000 new registrations so far in 2012(april), compared to about 8000 registrations for the whole of 2011.
It's a certifiable one-stop shop for illegal drugs that represents the most brazen attempt to peddle drugs online that we have ever seen," US Democrat senator Chuck Schumer said a few months after the site's launch in 2011. "It's more brazen than anything else by light years."
What is the problem with the bitcoins bro,law change etc? I was just thinking there are so many buyers out there who don't grow and hate doing the sometimes risky face to face thing.