A federal judge ordered on Wednesday (October 9) that the alleged mastermind of the Silk Road online drug bazaar be sent to New York to face charges.
Ross William Ulbricht was present in the San Francisco court room, shackled at the ankles, as the decision was handed out.
Ulbricht will remain in custody and was expected to be transferred immediately from his California jail to New York, where he is charged with one count each of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Ulbricht October 1 and accused him of running the Silk Road website, a market place for illegal goods.
Authorities said they seized 3.6 million dollars (USD) worth of the bitcoin digital currency, which was used instead of cash or credit cards to complete transactions for drugs and other illegal merchandise.
They also say Ulbricht tried to have someone killed who had threatened to expose the identities of thousands of Silk Road users unless Ulbricht sent him money.
The site also offered tutorials on hacking ATM machines, contact lists for black market connections and counterfeiters, and guns and hit men for sale, according to the charges.