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Prosecutors Name More Participants in Fahie Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy, Former Premier Could Face Life Sentence

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by Janeka Simon (VI Consortium) Government prosecutors have filed their objection to Andrew Fahie’s pre-sentencing report, claiming that the former premier of the British Virgin Islands was a central figure in the drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy he was convicted for, rather than a bit player as he continues to claim. In doing so, prosecutors named several BVI officials – who were not charged as co-conspirators – as participating in the scheme.

‌Prosecutors argue that the court should include a 4-level aggravating role adjustment when considering a sentence for Fahie, calling him an “organizer or leader in criminal activity that involved five or more participants.” They claim that Fahie exercised decision-making authority in the scheme by approving the drug trafficking proposal in the first place, and later, when he instructed convicted co-conspirator Oleanvine Maynard and Roxane Sylvester, former Deputy Chair of the BVI Port Authority, to go to Miami to retrieve a purported $500,000 payment that he was expecting.

The trip, prosecutors say, was ordered over the objections of Ms. Maynard. According to text messages between the two, she was reluctant to go because there would be nobody left in Tortola to sign documents. “Here, again, the defendant wielded his authority and directed Oleanvine Maynard’s international travel to Miami, Florida in furtherance of the cocaine importation scheme,” government prosecutors argue.

Indeed, it was Fahie who orchestrated the initial meeting with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s confidential source, prosecutors say. At that meeting, he accepted a $20,000 bribe to “seal the arrangements,” according to the document filed on June 28. Additionally, by ordering Ms. Maynard and Ms. Sylvester out of a meeting with the DEA source shortly before he was arrested, Fahie established himself as the leader of the drug trafficking scheme.

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