Canadian dark web kingpin kills self in Thai jail
Alexander Cazes, 26, originally from Montreal or Trois-Rivieres, was found dead late last week - eight days after being arrested on drug and money laundering charges in Thailand. (FACEBOOK/PHOTO)
The Canadian man suspected of being the mastermind behind the dark web’s malevolent marketplace has hanged himself with a towel in a Bangkok jail cell.
Alexander Cazes, 26, originally from Montreal or Trois-Rivieres, was found dead late last week - eight days after being arrested on drug and money laundering charges in Thailand.
Investigators believe that Cazes was the kingpin of dark web site AlphaBay, which offered drugs, credit card numbers, fake IDs, weapons, girls and murder.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the high-flying Cazes had been slated to meet prosecutors hoping to extradite him to the U.S. to face federal criminal charges.
Known by the pseudonym “DeSnake,” Cazes allegedly built his empire of heartache following the arrest of Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht.
And Cazes reportedly enjoyed living the luxe life in exotic Bangkok.
He was married to a stunning Thai woman, currently carrying his baby, had a fleet of luxury sports cars, including several Lamborghinis and owned at least three properties.
“He was a computer expert involved with international transactions of bitcoins,” a Thai police official told AFP.
It’s believed AlphaBay had a staggering daily turnover of between $600,000 and $800,000.
After Cazes was busted, the site - whose servers are in Canada - was taken down by Canadian law enforcement.
Investigators are also baffled as to where the site’s eye-popping profits have gone.
Cazes reportedly had been in Thailand illegally for the past eight years.
“He didn’t have any business in Thailand but he had many houses,” one police source told the Bangkok Post, adding that the dead man’s wife has been charged with money laundering.
Meanwhile, the AlphaBay baron’s Canadian family are in shock at the turn of events his once golden life had taken.
“An extraordinary young man, with no history, no judicial record. He never smoked a cigarette, never used drugs,” his father, Martin Cazes, told Journal de Montreal.
His father added his son excelled in computer engineering and may have designed websites for an unsavoury crowd.
“He was very, very bright. He skipped a year at school, a little genius,” his father said.
And the family is struggling with the idea that Cazes was some kind of arch-criminal - or that he would kill himself.
“For my father’s heart it’s hard to accept that my son committed suicide. In addition, (he was) under police surveillance, it is incredible,” Martin Cazes said.