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Silk Road’s top lieutenant gets 20 years behind bars


Silk Road was once synonymous with online “dark web” criminal activity, and today, its number two organizer, Roger Thomas Clark, aka Variety Jones, was sentenced to 20 years. Clark’s sentence was, according to Wired, the maximum he could have faced as part of his plea deal.

Clark was extradited to the US from Thailand almost five years ago and, before that, had served almost three years in detention in Thailand. According to the US Attorney’s Office of New York’s Southern District, he was accused of “conspiring to distribute massive quantities of narcotics.” At the time of extradition, Clark gloated that there was no hard evidence against him and that being sent to the US would be “an impossible circumstance.”

Authorities said Clark served as Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht’s advisor across the board when it came to the internet drug marketplace’s operations and that he goaded Ulbricht to hire a hitman to murder someone for $80,000. In addition to his sentencing in the US, the 61-year-old Clark was sentenced to “three years of supervised release” and surrendered more than $1.6 million.


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