New US charge for man accused in underground online drugs market
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - United States (US) prosecutors unveiled a new charge on Tuesday against the man they accuse of creating the underground online drugs marketplace known as Silk Road, potentially adding years of prison time if he were convicted.
In an indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan, 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht is charged with engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise by acting as organizer and supervisor of at least five others who were violating a law against drug trafficking. The new charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison if he is convicted.
Ulbricht was also charged with of one count each of money laundering, computer hacking and drug trafficking, charges that were first laid out in a criminal complaint last October.
Prosecutors accused Ulbricht of involvement in Silk Road, which they said sold drugs and criminal services in exchange for Bitcoins, a digital currency that is coming under increasing scrutiny by authorities.