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'Key Figure' in Silk Road Drug Marketplace Arrested

Roger Thomas Clark is accused of being "a senior adviser" to Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht.

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Roger Thomas Clark, accused of being “a senior adviser” of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht, has been arrested in Thailand. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the news in a press release late this evening, describing Clark as “a close confidante of Ulbricht’s who advised him on all aspects of Silk Road’s operations and helped him grow the site into an extensive criminal enterprise.”

Clark reportedly went under the username “Variety Jones” at the Silk Road, an underground drug marketplace that operated on the dark Web between 2011 and 2013, when authorities shut it down. Today’s press release says Clark was paid “hundreds of thousands of dollars” for his role in helping Ulbricht steer the illegal site’s path.

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.