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So-called Dread Pirate could be returned

California -- The alleged mastermind behind a secretive online drug ring could be sent back to New York Wednesday to face charges.

Ross Ulbricht, known online as the Dread Pirate Roberts, will be in federal court in California Wednesday morning.

Hes accused of running a web site called Silk Road, that allowed more than 900,000 users to buy and sell illegal drugs worth $1.2 billion.

British police collected Bitcoins used on the site as evidence to help track those who used it.

Eight more people were arrested Tuesday in connection with the case.

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