British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie was arrested at a Miami airport by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on charges of drug trafficking.
DEA agents detained Fahie along with the British Virgin Island’s Port Authority managing director Oleanvine Maynard at the Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport after they allegedly agreed to accept money from undercover officers that posed as Mexican drug dealers.
Fahie and Maynard were purported to have checked a plane that contained $700,000 that they would earn in exchange for facilitating cocaine shipments through the Miami area.
“Today is yet another example of DEA’s resolve to hold corrupt members of government responsible 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,” said DEA administrator Anne Milgram.
The United Kingdom Government on the other hand criticized Fahie’s arrest, “Fahie on drugs trafficking and money laundering charges is an appalling development which demonstrates the importance of the Commission of Inquiry into governance on the Territory,” expressed Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
Fahie, Maynard, and Maynard’s son were all charged with “conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine” and “conspiracy to launder money.”
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