Kilpedder man faces extradition to US

A 25-year-old man from Wicklow is facing extradition to the United States over his alleged links to the drug trafficking website Silk Road.

Gary Davis, of Johnstown Court, Kilpedder, is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Silk Road, known as the “eBay for drugs”, is an online black market that allows users to purchase illegal items, such as drugs, firearms and counterfeit money using the digital currency BitCoin.

The Irish Independent reports that Mr Davis was brought before the High Court in Dublin yesterday where details of the charges were read out.

The paper reports that Mr Davis is accused in a New York indictment of acting as an administrator of Silk Road using the online alias ‘Libertas’.

Mr Davis was arrested on foot of a warrant issued by the High Court on January 9. He was also shown a certificate issued by the Justice Minister and another certificate issued by the US authorities confirming an extradition request had been made.

Mr Davis surrendered his passport and must sign on at Greystones Garda Station three days a week.

Bail was set at €100 along with an independent surety of €10,000.

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