A Canadian who was wanted for running a “dark web” market was reportedly found dead in a Thai police cell on Saturday.
Alexandre Cazes, a Canadian who was wanted for running a “dark web” market was reportedly found dead in a Thai police cell, according to AFP, the news agency.
On July 5th, police forces had arrested Alexandre in Bangkok, and were planning on exiling him back to the United States. There, he would be facing money laundering and drug trafficking charges. On Saturday, it was confirmed that he was accused of operating a huge online “black market.”
According to the Thailand’s anti-narcotics police, Cazes reportedly hung himself in his jail cell with a towel a week later, on July 12th. The police had otherwise been pretty secretive about the details of Cazes’ case.
“It’s a huge dark web market that traffics drugs and sells other illegal stuff,” the anonymous police officer said to AFP.
Many speculate that the marketplace could be AlphaBay, among world’s largest darknet bazaars, since it was reportedly taken down just hours following Cazes’ arrest.
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A Carnegie Mellon computer sciences professor, Nicolas Christin said that AlphaBay became widely popular in 2015 and was mostly trading stolen credit cards, forged IDs and in drugs.
It was “more than twice as big as Silk Road was in its heyday, with a revenue of somewhere between 600,000 and 800,000 dollars a day in early 2017, and that’s a rather conservative estimate,” he told AFP.
According to the Thai “Narcotics Suppression” bureau spokesman, Maj. Gen. Soontorn Chalermiat: “He was a computer expert involved with international transactions of Bitcoins.”
“He didn’t have any business in Thailand but he had many houses,” the anonymous officer said. He also mentioned that Cazes’ wife has also been charged for money laundering.