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

Canadian man wanted for drugs trafficking is found hanged | Daily

Canadian man wanted for drugs trafficking is found hanged | Daily

The cell where Thai police said Canadian Alexandre Cazes man was found dead.

The world's biggest online drug bazaar dropped offline on 5 July, sparking fears that its administrators had disappeared taking a swag bag of digital currency with them, pulling an "exit scam" like other dark web marketplace kingpins before them.

Dark web marketplace AlphaBay's closure last week followed an worldwide law enforcement operation and multiple raids, it has emerged. There will be no trial for him, though, as he was found hanged in his cell in Thailand on Wednesday.

He had reportedly lived in Thailand for seven or eight years and has a Thai wife, according to Thai police.

He said he was a drugs trafficker who arrived in Thailand from the USA and officers had been working with American authorities after an arrest warrant was sent.

When he was arrested on July 5, police impounded four luxury Lamborghini cars registered in his name, and papers for three houses. It opened in 2014 in the wake of the 2013 closure of Silk Road, a similar cryptomarket.

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The mystery behind the disappearance of darknet marketplace AlphaBay may have been solved with reports claiming that the service was shut down following a global law enforcement operation that led to the arrest of an owner of the site in Thailand who subsequently took his own life.

The site's closing came after coordinated action by the US, Canada and Thailand, reported the Wall Street Journal. Both sites were accessible via Tor, a network that takes steps to preserve the anonymity of its users.

After mysteriously going dark for a number of days, dark web marketplace AlphaBay shut down following an apparent raid by global authorities, the Wall Street Journal reported. One of, if not the most popular destination for illicit goods on the dark net, the site took over Silk Road's throne after its founder was arrested. It is hard to determine if Cazes is the real AlphaBay admin, but all of the information seems to hint at that outcome.

Total sales on the site averaged between $600,000 and $800,000 a day, earning AlphaBay's operators millions of dollars each year in commissions, according to Nicolas Christin, an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University who studies online marketplaces. At the time of its demise, the AlphaBay market had over 400,000 users.

The Journal reports that Cazes was, indeed, one of AlphaBay's main operators.

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