British Virgin Islands Prime Minister arrested by DEA in Miami on drug smuggling charges 2022-04-29 03:13:29

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British Virgin Islands Federal authorities have arrested Prime Minister Andrew Altoro Vahe Vi Miami Thursday is on drugs smuggling shipment.

Fahey and BVI Ports Authority General Manager Olinvin Maynard, who was also arrested, were charged with conspiracy to import Cocaine and conspiracy to launder money after being detained by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

The couple were allegedly at the Miami-Oba-Luca Executive Airport to meet with undercover DEA agents who believed they were Mexican drug traffickers who had brought them $700,000 in reward for helping smuggle cocaine from Colombia to Miami and New York.

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On Thursday, federal authorities in Miami arrested Andrew Altoro Fahey, Prime Minister of the British Virgin Islands, on drug smuggling charges.

On Thursday, federal authorities in Miami arrested Andrew Altoro Fahey, Prime Minister of the British Virgin Islands, on drug smuggling charges.
(Virgin Islands government)

Officials are accused of allowing smugglers to bring drugs through the port of Tortola in the Virgin Islands on their way to the United States.

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Olinvin Maynard, managing director of the BVI Ports Authority, has been arrested on drug charges alongside Prime Minister Altoro Vahi.

Olinvin Maynard, managing director of the BVI Ports Authority, has been arrested on drug charges alongside Prime Minister Altoro Vahi.
(Virgin Islands government)

A confidential DEA source had previously met with Maynard and her son, who is facing the same charges.

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“Anyone involved in bringing dangerous drugs into the United States will be held accountable, regardless of their position,” DEA Director Ann Milgram said in a statement. “Today is yet another example of the DEA’s determination to hold corrupt members of the government accountable for using their positions of power to provide a safe haven for drug traffickers and money launderers for their financial and political gain.”

The Prime Minister is the head of government and is elected in a general election along with other members of the ruling government, and the island’s ultimate executive authority is Queen Elizabeth.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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