Roger Thomas Clark known online as “Variety Jones,” “VJ” and “Cimon” is finally being extradited to the US after getting caught two and a half years back in Thailand. He was a close confidante of Ross Ulbricht, the man behind Silk Road. Ross had high regards for Clark, in 2011 he wrote of Clark:
“This was the biggest and strongest willed character I had met through the site thus far. He quickly proved to me that he had value by pointing out a major security hole in the site I was unaware of… He has advised me on many technical aspects of what we are doing, helped me speed up the site and squeeze more out of my current servers. He also has helped me better interact with the community around Silk Road, delivering proclamations, handling troublesome characters, running a sale, changing my name, devising rules, and on and on. He also helped me get my head straight regarding legal protection, cover stories, devising a will, finding a successor, and so on. He’s been a real mentor.”
The indictment was unsealed on Jun 15,2018, according to the indictments
“CLARK, 56, a citizen of Canada, is charged with narcotics trafficking conspiracy; narcotics trafficking; distributing narcotics using the internet; conspiracy to commit, and aid and abet, a computer hacking conspiracy; conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identification documents; and money laundering conspiracy. If convicted, he faces, among other penalties, a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.”
Note: Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.