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Thai Court Orders the Seizure of $12m in AlphaBay Assets

A court in Thailand has ordered the seizure of almost $12 million in assets owned by the late Alexandre Cazes, the alleged administrator of the AlphaBay darkweb marketplace.

A picture of The AlphaBay seizure banner.

The AlphaBay seizure banner.

Bangkok’s Talingchan district court ordered the seizure of assets worth 413 million baht ($11,949,196) from the late Alexandre Cazes. After Cazes’ arrest in 2017, authorities in Thailand seized 911 Bitcoins and turned them over to the United States. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will be asking the U.S. to return the Bitcoin, according to the OAG’s foreign affairs director, Jumpol Phansamrit.

Alexandre Cazes posing in front of his Lambo

Prosecutors in the U.S. want to steal a Lamborghini owned by the late Alexandre Cazes

Officers from law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and local police in Thailand raided Cazes’ home on July 5, 2017. Cazes faced charges in the Eastern District of California stemming from his alleged role in the creation and administration of AlphaBay, including:

  • one count of conspiracy to engage in racketeering;
  • one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics;
  • six counts of distribution of narcotics;
  • one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft;
  • four counts of unlawful transfer of false identification documents;
  • one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud;
  • one count of trafficking in device making equipment; and
  • one count of money laundering conspiracy.

A picture of the Aventador after Thai police had seized it.

Thai police seized Cazes' possesions in 2017 but courts waited until 2022 to rule on the matter.

According to the Department of Justice, Cazes hanged himself in a jail in Thailand on July 12, 2017. Days after the apparent death of Cazes, the U.S. filed a complaint for forfeiture of assets owned by Cazes. They also requested the forfeiture of assets owned by, Cazes’ wife, Sunisa Thapsuwan, and Thapsuwan’s parents. A court ruled in favor of prosecutors in all AlphaBay-related forfeiture cases.

A picture of three vehicles owned by Cazes or his wife.

Cazes owned an Aventador, a Panamera S, and a BMW bike. His wife owned the Mini Cooper.

Lists of forfeited assets include, among many other properties and holdings:

  • 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4;
  • Porsche Panamera S;
  • BMW Motorcycle;
  • All funds on deposit at Bangkok Bank, held in the name of Alexandre Cazes;
  • All funds on deposit at Bangkok Bank, held in the name of Sunisa Thapsuwan;
  • 1,605 Bitcoin moved from one of Cazes’ wallets to a government-controlled address;
  • 8,300 Ethereum moved from one of Cazes’ wallets to a government-controlled address;
  • 3,691 Z-Cash moved from one of Cazes’ wallets to a government-controlled address;
  • All Monero found on Cazes’ computers;
  • Hundreds of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Monero seized from AlphaBay servers; and
  • Three houses worth almost $9 million.

A picture of The forfeiture complaint details OPSEC mistakes made by Cazes.

The forfeiture complaint details OPSEC mistakes made by Cazes.

Although a U.S. court ordered the forfeiture of Cazes’ assets several years ago, courts in Thailand waited until April 27, 2022, to issue a similar judgment.

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Roosh is no longer a “PUA” and now blogs at rooshv.com

According to the OAG foreign affairs director, authorities in Thailand will auction the seized assets. The OAG plans to share the money with the U.S. but has not yet discussed this with their U.S. counterparts.

US v Cazes indictment pdf
US v Cazes complaint for forfeiture in rem pdf
Court orders seizure of late darknet baron Cazes’ assets in Thailand archive.is, archive.org, nationthailand.com


FWIW:

  • The AlphaBay mentioned in the article is not the AlphaBay that is active today. The administrator of today’s AlphaBay claims to be the co-administrator of the original AlphaBay (DeSnake)
  • I am not sure if anyone has verified the complaint’s claim about Cazes’ personal email address appearing in the header of an AlphaBay email. It reads like parallel construction. Cazes’ other mistakes, such as the posts on various forums, are easily verifiable.
16 Comments
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059eeac0
ae7a1b10 Mon, May 9, 2022

bitch ass pigs fuck em hope they die

285c604e
286dd5f0 Mon, May 9, 2022

FUCK LE FUCK BIDEN FUCK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIP CAZES

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6e36a400 Mon, May 9, 2022

wtf does biden have to do with this? lol

2c01cad7
bfa74f40 Mon, May 9, 2022

All us dea and fbi should be wiped out complete. This is war we should be armed and target dea and fbi. We should get all the names of dea and fbi officers and target their home and family. Kill them all.

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1810fd30 Mon, May 9, 2022

Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.

7c534247
ab1db490 Tue, May 10, 2022

crazy money

88801a87
f05f7950 Tue, May 10, 2022

1,605 Bitcoin
8,300 Ethereum
3,691 Z-Cash
All Monero found on Cazes’ computers
Is the amount of Monero really insignificant or did they fail to unlock his wallets?

c2b68b2c
f5f63870 Tue, May 10, 2022

They were never able to know exactly how much monero nor get access to it far as I remember. The email on the header was a real thing. I remember my buddy freaking out for a minute cause his real name was Alex, and he thought the system made him an email automatically. I was like, nah, its a fake email for the intro bot. Little did I know, I could have emailed him anytime on his persnal email address and made a fortune extorting him.
He was a cheap bastard, his wife driving a mini couper. Or his wife was smarter and didn’t want to be flashing money around cause she knew what he was up to the whole time.

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9ff21c30 Tue, May 10, 2022

Yet again greedy governments taking things that don’t belong to them.

2e27d6bc
3ecf3110 Tue, May 10, 2022

Fuck glowies

2247ca44
49059560 Tue, May 10, 2022

So….if this guy was the alleged owner of Alphabay and they seized alphabay assets….what does that make of the current alphabay up and running?

114dd1d6
ff3dd8b0 Tue, May 10, 2022

desnake and cazes aka alpha02 were partners in the alphabay market but cazes was definitely the more trustworthy man to everyone and good at management he was known as a site owner and a guide for most things including carding ;) alphabay would be elsewhere now. if he hadn’t ruined everything with bad opsec. Unlike Cazes, desnake is a total jerk! He didn’t do anything exactly, maybe he was just too clumsy and jealous for that, surprisingly Alpha02’s capture but still not Snake’s arrest made me think that Desnake was an informant and wanted to take over the site and take the profits of the site. When Alphabay came out again, he pretended to have founded Alphabay himself, he couldn’t even establish his own market, he just used alpha02’s reputation. Users who have been there since the site was founded are aware of everything. Even now he is trying to cope, I would always trust the seller, not the site.

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30b6a430 Tue, May 10, 2022

I dont know yosemite what does it make?

f13a016f
b7cb3940 Wed, May 11, 2022

you can tell 114dd1d6 is some admin thrashing on AB hah they all hatin on AB for coming back with original name

I’m original alphabay user and can tell you Desnake is really good business man. He has proven deals on other big carding and hacking forums he was on the original darkode too. Both Alex and Desnake are proven you can’t take one over the other… unless security where Desnake shines. I’ve followed Alphabay and use the market and no where have i seen desnake saying he created it lol 114dd1d6 you need to chill with the fud desnake was original cofounder and security admin everyone who was there like me remembers

take yo shitty ass market 114dd1d6 kingdom or royal or abacus all owned by owners of world market and shove it up your ass! Alphabay is back for good and already first position shit like that doesn’t happen by chance!

8f23f8cd
758cc680 Wed, May 11, 2022

Those pigs will rot away eventually

b86ee37e
4f513610 Tue, May 17, 2022

the fact that people would go back and trust desnake is beyond my understanding that site will exit again this year. hes deff a informant or the place is a honey pot.

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