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The alleged architect of darknet marketplace Silk Road, Roger Thomas Clark, was arrested in Thailand last week and is awaiting extradition to the United States. Clark, who is said to have used the handle Variety Jones, is a 54-year-old Canadian citizen. He is charged with narcotics and money laundering conspiracy. Variety …

  1. ZSn


    Apart from the moral side - where does the purported freedom to take what drugs you like fit with trying to kill the people you work with - this is not a very good rate of pay. After all, the next thirty of forty years of his life are going to behind bars, per year of prison, even a million is only what a contractor would get per year.

    Admittedly it's better than the money that low level dealers get versus the time they get in prison, but it's still a poor decision. Did he really think that the chance of getting caught was zero?

    1. frank ly

      Re: Pay?

      It's a safe bet that organised criminals who plan violence as part of their operations don't think about things in the same way that you or I do.

      1. Bloakey1

        Re: Pay?

        "It's a safe bet that organised criminals who plan violence as part of their operations don't think about things in the same way that you or I do."

        You'll get a smack in the mouth if you carry on talking like that!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Pay?

      >After all, the next thirty of forty years of his life are going to behind bars

      Don't knock it, free board and lodging for the next 40 years. Have you seen the price of a flat and the cost of living in London ?

    3. dogged

      Re: Pay?

      > Apart from the moral side - where does the purported freedom to take what drugs you like fit with trying to kill the people you work with - this is not a very good rate of pay.

      I thought the point was that it was a little late for Ulbricht to be developing scruples.

    4. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Pay?

      Did he really think that the chance of getting caught was zero?

      Yes. It's usually one of two things.. either they don't care if they get caught, or in tech-related and certain other crimes, it's a "I'm smarter than them, I'll never get caught" mentality. And time after time if we believe the reports.. it's both.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Pay?

        "And time after time if we believe the reports.. it's both."

        Applies only to those who are getting caught, by default the uncompetent and/or over-confident segment.

        How many isn't?

  2. h4rm0ny

    54 years old.

    I hope that when I'm 54 years old I still have what it takes to be a famous international criminal. I'm old enough now to worry about what'll happen to me when I start approaching middle age - whether my IT skills will become out of date, whether I'll still have the energy to begin new ventures, etc. It's kind of heartening to see that people in their fifties can still be relevant and innovative.

  3. NoneSuch Silver badge

    America - World Police

    A Canadian who may have never set foot in the US and "allegedly" operated his servers outside of the US (in Iceland) is being prosecuted by the US. Hmmm.

    Our laws cover the globe and apply everywhere. Your countries laws don't apply in the good old USA.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: America - World Police

      I think that is the same reason that the US extradited all those Swiss bankers that were helping hide money.

      I mean they wouldn't target a single guy and leave the whole of Goldman-Sachs/Lehman Bros/free ?

      1. Adam 52 Silver badge

        Re: America - World Police

        In England at least the extradition act, under which the Queen in Council order allowing extradition without evidence was issued, uses the word "returned" which implies that you must have set foot in the country being returned to. Unless the laywers have a different definition of "return".

    2. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: America - World Police

      Given it's the internet, one never has to be a citizen or even step foot into the country where the crime is committed. I wish the Brits, the EU, etc. would start using this. If enough extradite miscreats (especially malware types) it's possible that the fleecing of citizens everywhere might at least slow down.

    3. Quortney Fortensplibe

      Re: America - World Police

      The more this kind of shit goes on, the more I admire Vladimir Putin. He may be a cunt. But his seems to be about the only government left in the world, prepared to tell the US where to get off.

    4. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      Re: Nonsense Re: America - World Police

      "....Our laws cover the globe and apply everywhere. Your countries laws don't apply in the good old USA." He should be grateful he's being extradited - if he was tried in Thailand under Thai law he would get the death sentence.

  4. kain preacher

    Should hopped on plane to Venezuela. He should of known America was coming for him. Even if they did not have jurisdiction. Hell we never let that bother us before. The NSA has taught us that the law moral flexible when we want to do some thing. I'm not saying it's right it's just how we roll. I wounder, can I use that in court law ? Your honor I did not like the law so I ignored it.

  5. thedroog


    Personally I think he is a hero, where else could I have got some OG Kush when there was a drought on, also when I first stumbled accross his site I saw Bitcoins were 2 quid a pop. I bought fifty of them and kept a few in my SR account. I did not log in for about 18 months and found I had a few grand in my account...You don't get that sort of service on the street???

  6. Winkypop Silver badge

    Oh well, it could be worse

    A convicted perp' might have to do the time in a Thai jail...

  7. xj650t

    The headline is clearly wrong

    Nobody ever gets arrested on El Reg it should read

    Alleged Silk Road architect cuffed in Thailand

    1. Steven Roper

      Re: The headline is clearly wrong

      I believe the usual Reg euphemism is "Alleged Silk Road architect gets his collar felt in Thailand"...

  8. boatsman

    while money laundering conspiracy does NOT carry a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

    If you are a bank, and fork a couple of hundred mln / a billion or 1 or 2 perhaps......

    then you dont even have to acknowledge wrongdoing.....

    funny world.

    making money on poisoning (young) people gets you ten years, money crimes 20,

    unless you are a bank......

    then you have the free out of jail card as long as you pay....

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