British Virgin Islands Prime Minister Alturo Fahy and Caribbean Territory Ports Director Oleanwina Maynard have been detained in the US at Miami Airport. They were suspected of conspiring to import cocaine and launder money, informs The Guardian.
According to the newspaper, Fahy and Maynard arrived at the airport to meet with Mexican drug traffickers who were actually undercover agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration. The plan proposed by the agents was to store the cocaine, which arrived from Colombia and packaged in 5kg buckets of paint, in the British Virgin Islands for one or two days before being shipped to Miami or New York, the papers said.
According to the prosecution, the prime minister of the British Virgin Islands expected to receive $700,000 in cash for helping to smuggle cocaine. According to the prosecution, Fahi is involved in conspiracy to import at least 5 kg of cocaine and money laundering from October 16, 2021 to April 28, 2022.
The case file states that authorities allowed smugglers to smuggle cocaine through the port of Tortola, and from there to the United States. The governor of the British Virgin Islands, John Rankin, confirmed the arrest of the prime minister and urged local residents to calm down. He did not provide any details of the case.
Alturo Faji has been prime minister since 2019. Oleanwina Maynard became Director of Ports of the Caribbean Territory in March 2021.