The Verge reports that an alleged top Silk Road adviser has been extradited to the US to face charges. The Silk Road hasn’t been in operation for almost five years since the founder, Ross Ulbricht, was given a life sentence without parole. Roger Clark, Ulbricht’s alleged mentor, has now been apprehended and extradited to the United States for his role in the dark web marketplace.

Court records show that Clark was a mentor to Ulbricht during the operation of Silk Road, and even operated the back end of the site. He was in charge of hiring programmers to speed up the site, and even collected intel on local law enforcement efforts to shut them down.

Clark is also facing charges of conspiracy, narcotics trafficking and money laundering. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Clark was apprehended by police in Thailand three years ago, and claimed at the time that police would never be able to decrypt the hard drives they confiscated from him, giving them no hard evidence against him and thus would fail to get him to the US.

Silk Road was an online black market that specialized in the sale of illegal drugs.

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