Enlarge / Andrew McCabe (front), then US acting director of the FBI, attends a press conference at the Department of Justice on July 20, 2017.

The world’s then-largest “dark market” on the Internet, AlphaBay, was shut down, DOJ officials said on that date. (credit: Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images)
A 24-year-old man from Illinois has been accused by federal prosecutors of being the spokesman for AlphaBay, the now-defunct online drug marketplace.
On Wednesday, Ronald L. Wheeler III of Streamwood, Ill. was charged in federal court in Atlanta with “conspiracy to commit access device fraud,” according to the Associated Press.
The hearing comes months after federal officials announced the closure of the site in July 2017 and confirmed the recent death of Canadian citizen Alexandre Cazes, who they said was the Thailand-based mastermind behind AlphaBay.

At the time, authorities also distributed a criminal indictment against Cazes from the Eastern District of California on numerous conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.
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