Antiguan CIP citizen at center of “largest darknet marketplace takedown in history”

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An Antiguan and Barbudan citizen is at the center of a major US Department of Justice developing case. 

The US Department of Justice announced the seizure of the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet, AlphaBay, which was allegedly run by Antiguan and Barbudan CIP citizen Alexandre Cazes.

AlphaBay operated for over two years on the dark web and was used to sell deadly illegal drugs, stolen and fraudulent identification documents and access devices, counterfeit goods, malware and other computer hacking tools, firearms, and toxic chemicals throughout the world.

In shutting down AlphaBay and arresting its alleged founder, Alexandre Cazes, the Justice Department also is going after the assets of Cazes, who is charged with running the sophisticated anonymous market and was worth upwards of $23 million, according to court documents.

On July 12, Cazes apparently took his own life while in custody in Thailand, the DOJ said.

Cazes was a Canadian citizen who was living in Thailand and also had obtained citizenship from Antigua and Barbuda under the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced at a Washington news conference Thursday the shutdown of the site Cazes ran, AlphaBay, calling it “the largest darknet marketplace takedown in history.”

According to the documents, Alexandre Cazes was arrested in Thailand on July 5 and was found with his computer unlocked and open, logged in as the Admin of AlphaBay.

The US Justice Department says Cazes and his wife were issued Antiguan passports in February 2017 in exchange for a US$400,00 investment to purchase Villa 302 at Nonsuch Bay Condominiums in St Phillip’s South, Antigua.

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Pictured below: Alexandre Cazes