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‘Buju’ makes 2nd court appearance for alleged smuggling

- accused of attempting to smuggle firearm to St Vincent in Capri Sun package
Orlando Bonnick is to return to court on June 17, 2015 to face charges of engaging in smuggling activities. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Orlando Bonnick aka 'Buju' is to return to court on June 17, 2015 to face charges of engaging in alleged smuggling activities.

Appearing before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards yesterday April 20, 2015, Bonnick was advised of the date he was to return before the court.

Bonnick had made his first appearance in the Magistrate’s Court on February 6, 2015 having been taken into custody by officers of the Royal Virgin Islands’ Police Force (RVIPF).

The court had heard that on November 7, 2014 Bonnick visited Lazarus Shipping establishment at Purcell Estate where there was a conversation with a female employee who he allegedly asked to sign her name to a package containing Capri Sun juices bound for St Vincent and the Grenadines, which she refused to do.

When the women did not grant his request, the accused then allegedly asked the employee to send the package in the name of Michael Williams to a person whose name he gave as Suzanne Clarke of a St Vincent address.

This was done with the understanding that Bonnick would have brought his identification documents the following day but he allegedly never returned with same.

The very day, according to the prosecution, Police and Customs Officers conducted operations on a cargo vessel at Port Purcell and in a cereal box which was searched they found Capri Sun juices and crackers. Upon further examination of the juices it was observed that one of the boxes was allegedly tampered with and upon closer scrutiny a medium-size priority mail package was observed inside. The mail package was further inspected and, according to allegations, a Glock 19 handgun with an empty magazine was found inside.

Additionally, there was a plastic bag with one Glock magazine containing 13 rounds of ammunition and a box containing 50 rounds of ammunition. This led to the arrest of Bonnick.

Bonnick is said to own and manage his businesses A&O Jeep and Car Rental in Lower Estate, OB Plumbing and Construction, Teach Me driving school, as well as a landing and gutter cleaning company.

7 Responses to “‘Buju’ makes 2nd court appearance for alleged smuggling”

  • do it (21/04/2015, 08:12) Like (27) Dislike (16) Reply

    This man was allegedly granted belongers status, he took an oath and this is the gratitude he allegedly shows back to the bvi,, if convicted on those charges, his belonger status should be revoked and he must be deported from the bvi, belonger belongs to we, we give them so we can tek back, aint have nothing to do with mama uk.

  • ccc (21/04/2015, 08:38) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    He did not do it
  • weed (21/04/2015, 12:02) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    let my people go...there are thiefs in goverment getting awy
  • Fam (21/04/2015, 16:06) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    i feel so bad for him he is a good man
  • We will find out (21/04/2015, 20:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Innocent until proven guilty
  • LeaLovesGaming101 (22/04/2015, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's bad...
    And these pplz are being freaked out and acting dumb >:(

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