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Guilty verdict upheld in former BVI Premier drug trial

Former BVI Premier Andrew Fahie (Facebook photo)

Former British Virgin Islands (BVI) Premier Andrew Fahie’s fate remains unchanged as U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams upheld the jury’s unanimous decision of a guilty verdict against him. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. 

In April 2022, Miami federal prosecutors charged Fahie, Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Oleanvine Pickering Maynard, and the Port Director’s son, Kadeem Stephan Maynard with cocaine trafficking and money laundering conspiracies for agreeing to facilitate the safe passage through BVI ports of tons of Colombian cocaine headed to Miami. The prosecution alleged that the defendants stood to make millions from the illicit trade, which involved laundering money through various businesses and bank accounts to conceal its origins.

Fahie and Maynard were apprehended in Miami while allegedly attempting to collect a $700,000 cash advance linked to their illegal activities. Meanwhile, Kadeem Stephan Maynard was arrested in St. Thomas.

Central to the prosecution’s case was the portrayal of Fahie as a corrupt official willing to allow large quantities of cocaine to traverse BVI ports in exchange for substantial bribes. Prosecutors cited numerous recorded conversations and text messages between Fahie and a confidential informant posing as a Mexican cartel trafficker, known as “Roberto,” as evidence of Fahie’s involvement in the criminal scheme. Despite Fahie’s defence, evidence presented during the trial implicated him in the drug trafficking scheme orchestrated by the DEA informant posing as a member of the Sinaloa cartel.

Fahie, 53, is currently imprisoned in a Miami jail. During the trial, his defense argued that he was framed by the United Kingdom, but the evidence presented by the prosecution ultimately convinced the jury of his guilt. Fahie’s conviction on charges of conspiring to import cocaine, along with related money laundering and racketeering charges, was delivered by a 12-person jury on February 8, 2024.

However, the conclusion of the trial was not without controversy. Shortly after the verdict was announced, two jurors expressed doubt about their decisions, prompting an unusual post-trial dispute.

But after questioning the only juror who showed up, judge Williams made a decision to uphold the guilty verdict against the former premier. 

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