Canadian Silk Road Adviser Extradited to US For Darknet Website Management
The Canadian citizen Roger Thomas Clark, has been extradited from Thailand to the United States to face prosecution over his role in the Silk Road some years ago. The information has been released by the Manhattan US Attorney on June the 15th.
Mr. Clark has been accused of transactions of illegal drugs and weapons using virtual currencies like Bitcoin.
During 2011 and 2013, Silk Road worked as one of the most important online black markets for illegal and regulated substances, weapons, objects, organs and more. Moreover, it has allowed more than 100,000 buyers to have access to these products and services and launder millions of dollars in Bitcoin.
At the moment, Clark is accused of being Ross Ulbricht’s – founder of the Silk Road – right-hand man which provided advice, strategic information and controlled some of the platform's operations.
In the platform he used the names ‘Variety Jones,’ Cimon’ and ‘Plural of Mongoose.’ According to the indictment he has been participating in the platform trafficking narcotics and laundering money for him and/or other people.
Ulbricht described Clark as his right-hand man which helped him in different situations. For example, Cinmon was taking decisions on how to avoid law enforcement, keep identities hidden and silence compromised associates by murdering them.
The announcement published by the Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman reads as follows:
“As Ulbricht’s right-hand man, Roger Clark allegedly advised him of methods to thwart law enforcement during the operation of this illegal ploy, pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. Today’s extradition of Roger Clark shows that despite alleged attempts to operate under the radar, he has never out of our reach.”
Back in 2015, Clark was arrested in Thailand and imprisoned in Bangkok waiting for the extradition process. During his time in jail, he seemed very confident about his future. He said that the extradition would never happen because his data encryption and security countermeasures protected the information stored on his devices like computers or smartphones.
It is also important to mention that Law enforcement agencies do not have strong evidence about Clark’s participation in the Silk Road, instead, they have the testimony provided by Ulbricht. The founder of the Silk Road has been found with information about his work with the illicit website and all his activities.
The charges against Clark include narcotics trafficking conspiracy, distribution of narcotics using internet and more.
In case he is found guilty, he could have 10 years of sentence in prison or a life sentence for taking part of all these illicit activities.