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Bail hearing in SF postponed in drug website case

This frame grab from the Silk Road website shows thumbnails for a product allegedly available through the site. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, FBI agents arrested Ross William Ulbricht, who is accused of operating the secret website, which is believed to have brokered more than $1 billion in transactions for illegal drugs and services. (AP Photo/silkroaddrugs.org)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge in San Francisco has postponed the bail hearing for a man charged as the mastermind of Silk Road, an encrypted website where users could shop for drugs like heroin and LSD anonymously.

Ross Ulbricht appeared in court on Friday in shackles and red prison clothes. His attorney, public defender Brandon LeBlanc, said the case was complex. He requested the hearing be pushed back.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero granted the request, rescheduling the hearing for Oct. 9.

The 29-year-old Ulbricht is also charged in Maryland with arranging to pay someone to kill a witness.

FBI agents arrested him on Tuesday in the science fiction section of a small branch of the San Francisco public library.