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Over $99K & go-fast boat seized; 2 arrested

- in joint operation by HM Customs & US Customs & Border Protection
Information just reaching our news centre is that a large quantity of cash was seized and 2 arrested when a joint patrol between HM Customs and US Customs and Border Protection found a go-fast boat in Virgin Islands waters this afternoon, Monday, November 9, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
Comptroller of Customs, Mr Wade N. Smith confirmed the reports to Virgin Islands News Online, adding that investigations are ongoing. Photo: VINO/File
Comptroller of Customs, Mr Wade N. Smith confirmed the reports to Virgin Islands News Online, adding that investigations are ongoing. Photo: VINO/File
WEST END, Tortola, VI- [Post Time: 8:00pm] Information just reaching our news centre is that a large quantity of cash was seized and 2 arrested when a joint operation between HM Customs and US Customs and Border Protection found a go-fast boat in Virgin Islands waters this afternoon, Monday, November 9, 2020.

According to reports, more than $99,000 in cash was recovered and the go-fast boat has also been seized.

The incident occurred sometime around 4:00pm.

Comptroller of Customs, Mr Wade N. Smith confirmed the reports to Virgin Islands News Online, adding that investigations are ongoing.

Charter vessel fined $20k for illegal entry

In a separate incident, the surveillance platform detected a US based charter vessel in the Territory’s waters.

The vessel was fined $20,000 for illegal entry, Mr Smith disclosed.

The Virgin Islands had heightened its border surveillance following a spike in COVID-19 cases in August, which was blamed on human smuggling and illegal entry.

36 Responses to “Over $99K & go-fast boat seized; 2 arrested”

  • tretretrete (09/11/2020, 20:25) Like (44) Dislike (29) Reply
    If US Customs did not happen to see they would have never arrested them......
  • Yes (09/11/2020, 20:27) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    that's right, stop them from messing up ppl lives for their greedy self
  • Blindman (09/11/2020, 20:34) Like (14) Dislike (16) Reply
    @Hmmm were you there stop speaking from you ass and type facts . Give credit when it due. Good job .
  • y (09/11/2020, 20:48) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thumb up for a job well done thay were coming for the thing in the cantainer u come to soon cuse
  • Peaches (09/11/2020, 20:49) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    They were charged $20,000 for illegal entry? who charged them? They were taken before the Magistrate's Court this afternoon? Please clarify.
    • @PEACHES (10/11/2020, 03:38) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
      HM Customs does not need to take any vessel owner to court to charge them for illegal entry. Some of you need to read and learn the laws of the country and fact check before coming on here and running off your mouth
  • usvi (09/11/2020, 21:31) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep telling you all to stop running your S**t through the USVI. YOUR WINGS IS GOING TO GET CLIPPED. STOMP THEIR A**ES FOR BEING GREEDY AND STUPID.
  • boofa (09/11/2020, 22:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everything is not down island people
    • @boofa (10/11/2020, 07:19) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Blood ,poison breaking and entering,scooter deaths,gun violence, thieving...those are their skill set.,....Most especially blood,gore and gory and land base.
  • home grown (09/11/2020, 22:02) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
    You all want to go independent. And cant control our boarders. Think again.Thank God for the Governor. Good man jasper.
    • virginislander (10/11/2020, 06:47) Like (5) Dislike (20) Reply

      @ home grown.. If you had read the article you would've read that no where does it says the Br. Navy had any involvement, it clearly states US/ BR.Virgin island customs. So what are you thinking the governor about? Also look up in your dictionary the difference between BOARDERS/ BORDERS.

  • Sam (09/11/2020, 22:24) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    That the container money. But the Gov need that money so bad.
  • NezRez (09/11/2020, 22:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now we are seeing action with our Border Protection. Catch them all and keep everything they smuggle in. The illegal entry fine should have been $50,000. Keep their boat, money, guns, everything. So happy.
  • Heckler (09/11/2020, 23:01) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Somebody's 3rd Pillar stimulus money gone. lol
  • local girl (09/11/2020, 23:02) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Who them is buddy? Anyone know? Are they from here or down island? Were they involved with smuggling Santos to our beautiful, peaceful,friendly and crime free shores?somebody need to post the 411 here, come to think of everytime I asked a valid question/questions on here I get no reply, as if I ain't a BVISLANDER too, that needs to know how my country is running, I have a right as a local to know what's going on in my island paradise.
  • islander (09/11/2020, 23:03) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good job well done. Clean up this racket. We all know what’s at the bottom of this and the gangster executions and shooting deaths are all part of it. Kudos to the team that apprehended this boat. One is a good start. Stay vigilant.
  • Ghost (10/11/2020, 00:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job!..”the love of money is the root of all evil”.. I don’t understand why some humans are so money-grubbing even if it’s at the expense of hurting another.. God exposes “Everything” in due time. The old people used to say “moon does run til day catch you”.. BVI is too small for all of what’s happening.. I keep begging us to pray against all of this evil that is being brought against our land you know. It’s going up in the nostrils of God and He is “to be feared”..
  • knowledge (10/11/2020, 00:58) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Customs have to powers to impose fines without the matter going to court
  • Clearly (10/11/2020, 01:12) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Customs is doing a good job.
    • Dulce (10/11/2020, 07:25) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well this now some ah we will be wishing for no ties to the UK.
      Thank you Gov Jaspert for your demonstrated insistence of additional and much needed oversight of our borders..
  • HAHA (10/11/2020, 06:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gotta let one take the heat and 5 slide unnoticed
  • 311 (10/11/2020, 06:59) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    mr smith thank you once you took back that post there have been a vast differences in the security of the territory
  • Futuristic (10/11/2020, 06:59) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply

    Did the Container of drugs pass through the same Customs and went to EE?

  • skye (10/11/2020, 07:11) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    $20,000.00 for illegal entry? Hmm. I thought it was $1000.00 a ccording to law immigration?
  • GG (10/11/2020, 09:12) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    2 CHRONICLES 7 vs 14

    IF MY PEOPLE WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND
  • O bou (10/11/2020, 15:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    WS stop your lies. You worse than Trump. You always want to look and sound better than you and your officers are and some fools falling for it.
    Who search the boat who recovered the cash and was Customs officers alone on that job. Excluding the U.S Boarder Officers.
    Stop your dam lies. Bout Customs like is them alone that was there. I hope they can go and give their evidence and write their statements.


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