The Prime Minister of the British Virgin Islands and the Director of Ports of this territory in the Caribbean were arrested in Miami, on Friday, 29, accused of drug smuggling, after being caught in a police operation at the local airport.
Virgin Islands | “Anyone involved in bringing dangerous drugs into the United States will be held accountable, regardless of their position,” said Anne Milgram, head of the US drug trafficking agency, known as the DEA.
The Prime Minister of the British territory, Andrew Alturo Fahie, and the executive director of the port administration, Oleanvine Maynard, were detained by DEA agents at Miami Airport and charged with conspiracy to import cocaine and launder money, according to a criminal complaint, which notes that Maynard’s son, Kadeem Maynard, faces the same charges, according to court documents, cited by the AP.
“Today is yet another example of the DEA’s determination to hold corrupt government officials accountable for using their positions of power to provide a safe haven for drug traffickers and money launderers in exchange for their own financial and political gain.”
According to the complaint cited by the AP, Fahie and Oleanvine Maynard went to the airport to meet with Mexican drug traffickers, who were actually undercover DEA agents, to confirm the payment of the $700,000 in cash that politicians in this British territory were expecting. receive for helping to smuggle cocaine from Colombia to Miami and New York.
British Overseas Territories Minister Amanda Milling was sent to the territory by British diplomat Liz Trussque said she was “shocked by these serious allegations”.
The islands “are an integral part of the British family, and the government is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the people of the British Virgin Islands,” she added.
The British Virgin Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom of about 35,000 inhabitants, east of Puerto Rico, with autonomous governance and a locally elected parliamentary government.
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