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Friday, Oct 23, 2020

$1M found on boat that allegedly entered VI illegally

Local & USVI men held

Some $1M in cash was allegedly uncovered by law enforcement authorities who intercepted a vessel that entered the Territory illegally on June 16, 2020.
The two persons on the vessel, a 37-year-old of Belle Vue, Tortola and a 30-year-old man of the US Virgin Islands (USVI), were arrested.

The men were reportedly first spotted on the vessel in the waters of St John, USVI, heading into the VI between Jost van Dyke and West End.

The marine patrol kept surveillance on the vessel and pursued the vessel once it entered VI waters.

The vessel was reportedly summoned to stop; however, it allegedly did not, even when the authorities began to close in.

According to reports, the vessel did not stop until officers drew their weapons and aimed at the suspects. They also reportedly declined to respond to questions asked by police pertaining to where they were coming from and if they had anything illegal on them.

Police noticed two black bags on a seat and checks revealed monies estimated at $1M in US currency.

Up to press time no charges were laid and the two remain in police custody.


See article published June 17, 2020

2 allegedly held for illegal entry, large sums of $$

Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that law enforcement officials in the Virgin Islands have reportedly arrested two individuals for illegal entry.

The Territory’s borders are currently closed to marine vessels, except for approved cargo boats.

The men were reportedly arrested today, June 16, 2020.

According to sources within the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), a large amount of cash was also found.

Our newsroom is working on more details to this story.

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