Alleged Silk Road "Libertas" site admin to be extradited to US

The Irish 27-year-old could face life in prison in the United States.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

An alleged administrator of the now defunct underground marketplace Silk Road will be extradited from Ireland to the US following an order from the high court.


Gary Davis from Wicklow, Ireland, reportedly went under the name "Libertas" to act as an administrator of Silk Road, once a go-to underground marketplace on the Dark Web which dealt in the trade of drugs, weapons, documents and other illegal items.

The 27-year-old is wanted in the United States to stand trial for charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Davis allegedly dealt with user queries and organized for-sale items into different categories.

As reported by Naked Security, the drugs charge is the most serious with a minimum tariff of 10 years' imprisonment; but together, Davis could be facing life.

See also: Hackers blackmailed Silk Road underground

The Irish High Court has now decided the alleged Silk Road admin must be surrendered to the US, but it is expected that Davis will appeal the decision.

In 2013, US law enforcement seized the Silk Road domain and charged three Silk Road lieutenants. While Davis has been on bail in Ireland since 2014 -- attempting to avoid extradition -- Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht was not so lucky.

Going under the name Dread Pirate Roberts, Ulbricht was convicted with enabling over one million drug deals through the marketplace and conspiracy. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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