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British Virgin Islands premier arrested on drug smuggling charges

British Virgin Islands premier arrested on drug smuggling charges
Andrew Fahie, premier of the British Virgin Islands, was arrested Thursday on fees of conspiring to import medicine into the US. Picture courtesy of Authorities of the Virgin Islands/Web site

April 28 (UPI) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration brokers have arrested the premier of the British Virgin Islands on fees of conspiracy to import a managed substance and cash laundering.

John Rankin, governor of the British Virgin Islands, confirmed in an announcement that Andrew Fahie was arrested Thursday in Miami and that the U.S. authorities has knowledgeable Britain of the detention of one among its residents.

“I notice this might be surprising information for individuals within the territory,” he mentioned. “And I might name for calm presently.”

Managing director of BVI Ports Oleanvine Maynard and her son Kadeem Maynard have been additionally arrested and face the identical fees, DEA head Anne Milgram mentioned in an announcement.

“Anybody concerned with bringing harmful medicine into the US might be held accountable,” she mentioned. “In the present day is one more instance of DEA’s resolve to carry corrupt members of presidency answerable for utilizing their positions of energy to supply a protected haven for drug traffickers and cash launderers in change for their very own monetary and political achieve.”

The felony compliant filed within the U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of Florida and printed on-line by native information outlet The St. Thomas Supply states the trio have been arrested as a part of an undercover investigation that started in October of final 12 months.

The 15-page doc states a confidential DEA supply disguised as a Mexican drug smuggler was launched to the British Virgin Islands officers by a gaggle of people that claimed to be members of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group.

The informant informed Fahie and the Maynards that he sought their safety and passage for cocaine that might be delivered to the British Virgin Island of Tortola from Colombia en path to Miami and New York.

The informant mentioned 6,613 kilos of cocaine can be packed in 11-pound buckets of waterproof paint and be shipped to Tortola two to 3 occasions a month, and in change Fahie would obtain 12% of the drug’s sale worth.

The informant gave Fahie $20,000 throughout a gathering on April 7, stating it was “a great religion reward, to seal that now we have an settlement,” the doc states.

On Thursday morning, Fahie was arrested after inspecting $700,000 that he was informed was for him and Maynard on a non-public airplane on the Miami-Opa-locka Govt Airport.

“Why am I getting arrested? I haven’t got any cash or medicine,” he’s quoted as telling the authorities.

Later that very same morning, Maynard was proven the identical $700,000 on the personal jet and given $200,000 as her cost. As she exited the airplane, she was additionally arrested, in line with the doc.

The criticism doesn’t point out the arrest of Kadeem Maynard however Milgram confirmed that he had additionally been detained.

“I’m appalled by these severe allegations,” Britain’s’ international secretary, Liz Truss, mentioned in an announcement.

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