Silk Road Suspect Will Face Charges In New York

Federal judge will send suspect from California

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A federal judge said Wednesday that the man who allegedly ran the so-called Silk Road online drug marketplace will transported from California to New York to stand trial.

Federal authorities in New York have charged Ross Ulbricht with three felonies relating to peddling online drugs, the Associated Press reports.

Silk Road was an online black market where users could trade drugs for bitcoin, a form of online currency. The website initially avoided detection by using a special web browser to hide its server locations.

Authorities say Ulbricht operated the website under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts,” among other nicknames. Ulbricht is charged with soliciting the murders of a former colleague and a hacker, among other charges. Neither murder was carried out. Ulbricht has denied all the charges against him.