British Virgin Islands prime minister arrested for cocaine in US sting 2022-04-28 17:09:00


Prime Minister of British Virgin Islands (British Virgin Islands) was arrested in a stinging operation in Miami on charges of conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States and money laundering.

British Virgin Islands Governor John Rankin confirmed in a statement that Andrew Fahey was arrested Thursday morning, saying: “I realized this would be shocking news for people in the area. I would like to pray for calm at this time.”

Olinvin Maynard, director of the Caribbean Port Authority Administration, was also arrested in the process in which DEA ​​agents impersonated cocaine smugglers from the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, The Miami Herald reported.

Liz Truss, Britain’s foreign secretary, said she was “appalled” by the arrest.

Truss said: “This afternoon, the Prime Minister of the British Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahey, has been arrested in the United States on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

I am appalled by these serious allegations.”

She said she held talks with Rankin and stressed the importance of the latest corruption investigation Caribbean The archipelago.

Last year, the United Kingdom set up a commission of inquiry into misgovernance in the British overseas territories, which heard allegations of systemic corruption, nepotism, jury intimidation and misuse of public funds.

Rankin said in his statement that Fahi’s arrest was the result of a US operation led by the United States drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) and was not linked to the CoI report.

The commission’s mandate focused on governance and corruption, and was not a criminal investigation into the illegal drug trade. To avoid unnecessary speculation, I intend to urgently move forward with the publication of the investigation report so that residents of the BVI can see its contents and recommendations in the areas covered.”

Addressing the Commission of Inquiry last year, Fahey denied there was any corruption in the British Virgin Islands.

“The key to any country is its reputation,” he said, “but so far, thank God for that, there is no evidence presented in the commission of inquiry showing that the BVI is corrupt.”