The disgraced Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Andrew Fahie, struck a deal with an undercover agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to collect US$7.8 million dollars (EC$21.8 million) on every shipment of 3,000 kilos of cocaine that he allowed to safely pass through the British overseas territory and end up in the United States.
The agent posed as a member of the powerful Mexican drug Cartel, known as the Sinaloa Cartel, which was interested in using the BVI to ferret millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Miami and then to the more lucrative market in New York.
The DEA sting operation also resulted in the arrest of two other persons – one of which was the female head of the Ports Authority on the island.
THE NEW TODAY was able to obtain court documents filed in Miami, including the affidavit of the DEA agent who engaged in extensive discussions with the BVI Premier and others on the deal that would have provided safe passage for containers of drugs to get into Puerto Rico and then the U.S. mainland.
According to the court papers, the cocaine would be sold at between US$26,000 to US$28,000 a kilo in Miami and at the higher price of US$32,000 to US$38,000 a kilo in the larger and more lucrative market of New York.
Premier Fahie was charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S., and conspiracy to engage in money-laundering from the operation, which started on October 16, 2021.
The court document also made mention of money that Premier Fahie had requested from the undercover DEA agent to make a payment to someone in Senegal who had “fixed” a political problem for him.
It also highlighted the extent of the corruption in drug trafficking in government circles within the BVI and Tortola.
As a public service, THE NEW TODAY has decided to publish in full the sworn affidavit of the DEA agent who was able to lure Premier Fahie into the operation that led to his arrest Thursday morning in Miami, FL where he was to collect the first down-payment on the arrangement: