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Hanged Canadian inmate had links to 'Dark Web', say media reports

Hanged Canadian inmate had links to 'Dark Web', say media reports

When he was taken into custody, police reported also seizing four Lamborghinis and three houses worth almost $12 million.

AlphaBay Market, a prominent dark web marketplace that facilitates the sale of drugs and other illegal items, went down yesterday and users are panicking, afraid the moderators have shut down the site for good and run off with the loot. It is hard to determine if Cazes is the real AlphaBay admin, but all of the information seems to hint at that outcome.

On the same day he was arrested, Canadian police forces carried out two raids on residences in Quebec, according to Camille Habel, a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Montreal. No arrests were made, but equipment was seized. A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Bangkok told the WSJ that Canadian citizen Alexandre Cazes was arrested on July 5 and may have been extradited to the US 'to face federal criminal charges.' Sources say Cazes was then found hanged in his Thai jail cell this past Wednesday. Redditors quickly voiced fear that an exit scam had taken place amid estimates that up to $3.7m in digital currency was tied up in the marketplace and might have been stolen.

Local authorities had apprehended Cazes based on an global arrest warrant issued by the United States for drug trafficking charges. Without prior notice or official explanation, users were unable to place orders or access their funds.




Described by local press as having lived in Thailand for 8 years and being married to a Thai woman, Cazes is subsequently alleged to have committed suicide in his cell at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau building in Laksi district, Bangkok on June 12. The largest market on the dark web, AlphaBay was believed to do between $600,000 and $800,000 in transactions per day. Users flocked to AlphaBay and other markets at the time, giving the site a huge boost right from the get-go.

The establishment of AlphaBay followed the seizure and closure of former underground dark web market Silk Road, something that itself was taken down in late 2013.

The first sign that AlphaBay may have been the target of law enforcement came shortly before the sudden down time, when a prominent AlphaBay vendor was arrested and willingly handed over his account to law enforcement. If a dark net market's operators decide to take off with the bitcoins that are being held in escrow, users have no recourse. At first, numerous users suspected an exit scam; however, it has since become clear that law enforcement has taken down the underground market.


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