Thai government authorities are planning law changes to allow law enforcement to confiscate cryptocurrencies involved in serious crimes.

Currently, police cannot seize cryptocurrencies are not recognized under the law and therefore cannot be seized from criminals. Regular currency, cash and assets can be seized because they are clearly defined in the seizure law.

Narcotics police Commander Sommai Kongvisaisuk satted that if drug suspects keep their wealth in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, police would be unable to seize them.

“We are merely agents of the state. We have no right to decide what the laws say,” Maj. Gen. Sommai said.

The founder of what at the time was the world’s leading dark web marketplace, Alexandre Cazes, was arrested in Bangkok last July.

The use of cryptocurrency has been used increasing by spouses involved in a Thai and international divorce, lawyers from law firm Chaninat and Leeds stated stated that the legal ambiguity and the lack of a central authority make crypto assets easier for unscrupulous people to hide.

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Authorities from Morgan County, Missouri, investigated a property owned by 49 year old Julie Bernet who bred German shepherd’s imported from Europe. What they saw was “disturbing and horrific” says assistant District Attorney, Jason Covington.

Authorities reported seeing three dead dogs, one partially eaten and one walking around with another dog’s head in its mouth. The rest were starving, “without proper shelter, food, or access to water in below freezing conditions”.

Covington says that Bernet’s breeding business failed, the electricity to the property shut off and the animals left unattended. Last year, Bernet was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty and put on probation.

After that she was charged in a separate animal abuse case and sentenced to a year in prison. Authorities arrested her at the casino and later found a dog in her vehicle, shivering from freezing weather conditions reports Covington.

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