Saturday 20 October 2018

From Kilpedder to a US jail, downfall of the geek in global dark web racket

Gary Davis faces up to 20 years in prison after admitting his role in an online drug conspiracy, writes Maeve Sheehan

BATTLE: Gary Davis fought against extradition to the US. Picture: Courtpix
BATTLE: Gary Davis fought against extradition to the US. Picture: Courtpix
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

He was a 25-year-old computer geek with a well-groomed goatee who lived in a semi-d in Wicklow with his unsuspecting parents, not the sort you would consider the target of an international police investigation.

Yet Gary Davis drew the Garda's National Economic Crime Bureau into one of its biggest international criminal investigations that delved into the dark web, the online trading place for illicit goods including drugs.

In a New York court last Friday, Davis, now 30, having failed to halt his extradition to the US, pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiring to distribute narcotics on the dark web trading site, Silk Road. Davis is facing a possible prison term of up to 20 years in a maximum-security prison. The FBI regarded Silk Road as sophisticated criminal marketplace, allowing anonymous users to trade in - among other things - hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs for which they paid in the crypto currency, Bitcoin.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss