British Virgin Islands officials charged with drug trafficking in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — The prime minister of the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean territory’s director of ports were arrested on Thursday for drug trafficking in South Florida, federal officials said.

Premier Alturo Fahie and Chief Executive Officer Oleanvine Maynard were arrested by US Drug Enforcement Administration agents at Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport and charged with conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to to launder money, according to a criminal complaint. Maynard’s son, Kadeem Maynard, is facing the same changes in the regime, records show.

Fahie and Oleanvine Maynard were at the airport meeting with Mexican drug traffickers, who were actually undercover DEA agents, to view a shipment of $700,000 in cash that BVI officials expected to receive for having helped smuggle cocaine from Colombia to Miami and New York. York, officials said in the complaint.

A confidential DEA source had previously met with Maynard and his son after they were introduced by a group of self-proclaimed Lebanese Hezbollah operatives, according to the complaint. After Fahie’s involvement, BVI officials agreed to let the smugglers smuggle the cocaine through the port of Tortola before continuing on to the United States.


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