Canadian drug suspect found hanged in cell

Canadian drugs trafficker Alexander Cazes, 26 was found hanged in his cell in Bangkok after Thai police began his extradition process and seized his Lamborghini

AlphaBay, the biggest "dark web" marketplace, was shut down following action by the aligned governments of the United States, Canada, and Thailand, according to a report the The Wall Street Journal released on Thursday, a week after the site's July 5 closure. But according to the Wall Street Journal, AlphaBay's demise came after a coordinated effort by law enforcement from US, Canada and Thailand.

Alexandre Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian, was found in a cell at Bangkok's Narcotics Suppression Bureau only an hour before he was due to meet with public prosecutors over proceedings for his extradition to the United States.

The towel was among his personal belongings and he was believed to have used it to hang himself. Members of the high-technology crime division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are now searching Cazes' apartment in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and have claimed at least some of the site's servers, opening the possibility that other AlphaBay operators may be swept up in the investigation pending what the cybercrime unit is able to recover. A thread on Reddit claimed Cazes was actually DeSnake one of the admins of AlphaBay.

We don't have any further details about possible co-conspirators.

Local authorities had apprehended Cazes based on an global arrest warrant issued by the USA for drug trafficking charges.

Following its creation in December 2014, AlphaBay emerged as an heir to the Silk Road, the online marketplace closed by federal authorities in October, 2013. The researcher stated that AlphaBay sold more than $5 million worth of stolen credit card information in the first half of 2017 alone.

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AlphaBay took on the mantle from the infamous Pirate Bay before it to become the largest marketplaces on the dark web.

In the meantime, former AlphaBay vendors and users have started flocking to other Dark Web markets.

I've been saying all along that I don't think this makes sense as an exit scam.

Operating AlphaBay was likely a very profitable operation. The drug community is naturally a little bit more skittish than the fraud community, and I think we will see them more openly discuss their intentions for next steps. Ross Ulbricht, a Texas man convicted of running the website, was subsequently convicted of eight related charges and sentenced to life in prison.

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