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Irish Silk Road suspect extradited to US: prosecutors

AFP  |  New York 

A 30-year-old Irish man accused of working for now defunct "dark web" marketplace has been extradited to the to face charges in New York, four years after his arrest, prosecutors have announced.

Gary Davis, who went by the alias "Libertas," was allegedly a administrator in 2013 -- and was paid a weekly salary to carry out duties that included resolving disputes between drug dealers and buyers on the site.

He is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The Wicklow man, who was arrested in January 2014, appeared before a Manhattan federal court yesterday.

"Thanks to our partner agencies here and abroad, Davis now faces justice in an American court," said

Until the FBI shut it down in October 2013, the called "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet" used by vendors in more than 10 countries in and

Texan mastermind was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for running the that sold USD 200 million in drugs worldwide.

Operating under the alias "Dread Pirate Roberts," Ulbricht amassed USD 13 million in commissions by making the purchase of heroin, cocaine and crystal meth as easy as shopping online at or Amazon, the government said.

His four-week trial was considered a landmark case in the murky world of and government surveillance.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 04:00 IST