(BVI News) Drug and money laundering accused, Kadeem ‘Blacka’ Maynard, has reportedly filed a motion to change his plea to ‘guilty’.
Kadeem was charged alongside his 61-year-old mother, Oleanvine Maynard — a former BVI Ports Authority Managing Director — and former premier Andrew Fahie, 52. Kadeem has been in custody ever since his arrest in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, on April 28, 2022.
Reports reaching BVI News indicate that, after being incarcerated for a little more than one year, the 32-year-old Maynard filed a motion in a Miami federal court on Monday, May 22 to change his previous ‘not guilty’ plea.
The hearing for him to make that change is set for June 12, just one month before the scheduled mid-July trial for Fahie and the elder Maynard.
It remains unclear whether Kadeem now intends to plead guilty on all counts. Kadeem and his co-accused each face one count of conspiracy to import a controlled substance, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and attempted money laundering. This is in addition to a subsequent charge of Interstate and Foreign Travel in Aid of Racketeering that was slapped on the trio in early November last year.
Kadeem’s mother remains incarcerated more than one year after her April 28, 2022 arrest, even as Fahie remains on home confinement with his two daughters on a $1 million bond ahead of his mid-July trial.