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US Sting Operation Arrests British Virgin Islands Premier on Cocaine Charges

In a sting operation in Miami, the premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) was arrested on allegations of plotting to transport cocaine into the United States and money laundering.

The governor of the British Virgin Islands, John Rankin, announced Andrew Fahie’s arrest, saying: “I understand this would be distressing news for individuals in the territory.” And at this moment, I would urge restraint.”

The operation also captured Oleanvine Maynard, the Caribbean territory’s port authority manager director, and her son Kadeem.

Fahie, also known as “head coach,” was accused of conspiring to import at least 5 kilograms of cocaine and money laundering between October 2016 and April 2022, according to court documents filed in Florida.

According to the documents, Oleanvine and Kadeem Maynard agreed with undercover agents masquerading as members of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel to arrange a meeting between Lebanese Hezbollah operatives and Fahie set up a storage facility for thousands of kilograms of cocaine arriving from Colombia.

According to the papers, the agents proposed storing the drug in the BVI for one or two days before shipping it to Miami or New York, packed within 5kg buckets of paint.

According to court documents, Fahie and Oleanvine Maynard were arrested at a Miami airport after undercover agents invited them to inspect a shipment of $700,000 in cash that BVI officials expected to receive for their role in the alleged plot.

According to British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the arrest was “appalled.”

“This afternoon, Andrew Fahie, the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, was detained in the United States on accusations of drug trafficking and money laundering,” Truss stated.

“These serious claims disgust me.”

She claimed she spoke with Rankin and emphasized the necessity of the Caribbean archipelago’s current corruption investigation.

Last year, the United Kingdom established a commission of inquiry investigating mismanagement in the British overseas territory, hearing charges of widespread corruption, favoritism, jury intimidation, and misappropriation of public monies.

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Fahie’s arrest, according to Rankin, was the product of a US operation directed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and was unrelated to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report.

“The Commission of Inquiry’s mandate was to look at governance and corruption, not a criminal probe into the illegal drug trade.” To avoid unwarranted conjecture, I aim to publish the inquiry findings as soon as possible so that the people of the BVI can examine its contents and recommendations in the areas it covered,” he stated.

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Fahie denied any wrongdoing in the BVI when he spoke to the commission of inquiry last year. “The key to every country’s reputation is its reputation,” he continued, “but so far, thank God, no evidence has been produced in the CoI proving that the BVI is corrupt.”

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