The FBI says it has arrested a suspect in the drug bust that led to the Silk Way website being shut down.
The arrest of 22-year-old Aaron Swartz was made Monday.
He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals at the Brooklyn headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
He is charged with conspiracy, theft of government property, and making false statements in connection with the investigation.
The FBI describes Swartz as a co-founder of the online marketplace, which was shut down after he allegedly stole about 200 million copyright-protected works.
Swartz’s arrest was announced during a press conference by U and U.K. Justice Ministers.
Swartz is expected to appear in court later this month.
The Silk Road website was shuttered by the FBI last week after Swartz allegedly stole 200 million works of free music, film and software from its servers.
Authorities say Swartz used the site to illegally download tens of millions of copyrighted works from a central repository.
The sites was later taken offline after the site was raided by the U.N. Intellectual Property Organization.
Swark was charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering, two counts of wire fraud, one count of unauthorized use of a computer system for copyright infringement, one counts of computer hacking, and one count each of theft of the government property and false statements.
Swart is the first person to be charged with a crime related to the shutdown of the Silk road website.
Earlier this year, Swartz, who had been convicted of downloading thousands of academic journals from JSTOR, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
He spent nearly nine months in solitary confinement and lost his job.