Ross Ulbricht will be heading to New York to face charges connected to the massive online drug marketplace Silk Road, which he allegedly ran from his laptop in a variety of San Francisco cafes and public libraries before his arrest on October 1st.
In a federal court in San Francisco today, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero ordered Ulbricht be sent to New York to face the three felony charges related to Silk Road operations. During a bail hearing last Friday, Ulbricht's appointed attorney Brandon LeBlanc denied all three felony charges of drug trafficking and money laundering related to the operation of the site.
According to former SFist editor Jackson West, who was in the courtroom Wednesday morning, Ulbricht appeared calm but spoke with a slight waver as Judge Spero wished him a good morning. Ulbricht waived his right to fight extradition to New York Despite damning evidence identifying Ulbricht as Dread Pirate Roberts, the 29-year-old suspect also disavowed the connection to the alias.
There is currently no timetable for the transfer, but Ulbricht will remain in custody until he has an opportunity to pursue bail in New York.
In the days since Ulbricht's arrest on October 1st, authorities have been rounding up dealers connected to the drug marketplace including two in Bellevue, Washington and six others in the U.K. and Sweden.