Prime Minister of the British Virgin Islands and port manager charged in South Florida federal court with drug trafficking and money laundering | USAO-SDFL
Miami, Florida – Federal prosecutors in Miami have indicted British Virgin Islands (BVI) Premier Andrew Alturo Fahie, BVI Ports Authority Chief Executive Officer Oleanvine Pickering Maynard (O. Maynard), and the Port Manager’s son, Kadeem Stephan Maynard (K. Maynard), with cocaine trafficking and money laundering conspiracies for agreeing to facilitate the safe passage through BVI ports of tons of Colombian cocaine bound for Miami. In exchange, the defendants would earn millions, which would be funneled through different companies and bank accounts to hide the source of the money.
According to the allegations in the criminal complaint affidavit, in March and April, Fahie, O. Maynard and K. Maynard participated in a series of meetings with the alleged drug trafficker to negotiate the deal. Fahie and O. Maynard would obtain the required licenses, protect cocaine-filled boats in BVI ports and grease the palm of a potentially problematic government official, the affidavit states. They discussed smuggling 3,000 kilograms of cocaine through a BVI port on a trial basis, followed by 3,000 kilograms once or twice a month for four months. Fahie and O. Maynard would receive a percentage of cocaine sales – millions of dollars, it is said.
Fahie and O. Maynard were arrested yesterday in Miami. According to allegations, they were here to get a $700,000 cash advance on their contract. The third accused, K. Maynard, was arrested in St. Thomas.
Fahie and O. Maynard made their first appearances in federal court today at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman. They are scheduled for remand hearings on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. in Miami Federal Trial Court.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Deanne L. Reuter, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Miami Field Division, announced the charges.
DEA Miami Field Division investigated this matter. The Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs provided assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frederic “Fritz” Shadley and Shane Butland are prosecuting the case.
This case and the prosecution were conducted by members of the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. The South Florida HIDTA, established in 1990, is made up of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that cooperatively target drug trafficking and money laundering organizations in the region. The South Florida HIDTA is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which sponsors a variety of initiatives focused on the nation’s illicit drug trafficking threats.
Criminal complaints contain mere allegations and the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.