US prosecutors have brought a trio of new charges against a
Texas man accused of creating the underground online drug
marketplace Silk Road ahead of his November trial.
A new indictment against Ross Ulbricht, 30, filed late on
Thursday (local time) in Manhattan federal court added
charges of narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics
by means of the Internet, and conspiracy to traffic in
fraudulent identification documents.
The new charges came on top of four other counts previously
asserted by prosecutors of narcotics trafficking conspiracy,
continuing criminal enterprise, computer hacking conspiracy
and money laundering conspiracy.
Ulbricht, who prosecutors said was known online as "Dread
Pirate Roberts," lost his bid to dismiss the earlier charges
in July. He faces trial November 3.
Prosecutors say Ulbricht owned and operated Silk Road, which
they allege served as a black-market bazaar where drugs and
criminal services like computer hacking and forgeries could
be bought in exchange for the digital currency bitcoin.
The superseding indictment filed Thursday accused Ulbricht of
personally distributing and aiding in the distributing of
substances containing heroin, cocaine, LSD and
It also accused Ulbricht of engaging in a conspiracy to sell
fake ID documents, such as driver's licenses and passports,
on Silk Road.
Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a
new Internet marketplace under the same name debuted in
A lawyer for Ulbricht did not immediately respond to a
request for comment.