The Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Andrew Fahie was today arrested in Miami on charges related to conspiring to import cocaine and money laundering.
The Managing Director of the BVI Port Authority, Oleanvine Maynard was also detained and taken into custody by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents at the Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport.
The two were in Miami for a cruise convention.
US media reports indicate they were arrested when they met with two undercover DEA agents who were pretending to be members of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel. According to the Miami Herald, Fahie and Maynard went to the airport to see an alleged load of US$700,000 in cash after the undercover agents told them the money was a payoff for allowing the cartel’s future cocaine loads to be transported through the BVI to the US.
Authorities say Maynard’s son, Kadeem Maynard, was also arrested on Thursday in connection with the case, but not in Miami.
British Virgin Islands (BVI) Governor John Rankin has urged citizens to remain calm following the arrest, as he assured that officials there and in the UK would tomorrow indicate the next steps forward on.
In the meantime Deputy Premier Natalio Wheatley, who had been acting as Premier in the absence of Fahie while he attended the Seatrade Cruise Global convention, will continue to do so.
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