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UPDATE- Bob Hodge, Beazar, Skelton, Harrigan & Valdez facing extradition

- Governor to make decision!
Skelton (left) and Harrigan. Photo: VINO
Hodge (left) and Beazer.
Hodge (left) and Beazer.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - This morning March 13, 2012 Senior Magistrate, Valerie Stephens has found sufficient evidence for five alleged drug traffickers to stand trial in the United States for conspiracy to import cocaine to the mainland.

This means Earl ‘Bob’ Hodge, Chad Skelton, Juan Valdez, Roberto Harrigan and Carlston Beazer are expected to stand trial in the Southern District of Florida and Hodge in the North Carolina District.

The Magistrate in her ruling said, “I find that a prima facie case made out against the men…and I am committing the men to the Her Majesty’s Prison, Balsum Ghut until such time to await the decision of the Governor.”

However, she did inform the men that they have the right to make a habeas corpus application - the right to challenge the terms of their incarceration before a High Court Judge. The men’s lawyers have 15 days to make an appeal.

In expounding her decision, Magistrate Stephens stated in relation to Hodge, the alleged mastermind in the drug ring that spanned for 13 years, that she was satisfied with the witnesses who gave affidavit evidence in identifying him. She also noted that the diplomatic channel regarding the paper work for the extradition request was satisfactory, therefore he can stand trial in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, Hodge, Harrigan, Valdez, Skelton, and Beazer were allegedly identified as co-conspirators by one of their alleged accomplices as well as by Chief Inspector Murray.

Furthermore, the Magistrate ruled that the United States had jurisdiction over the matter since an account was allegedly set up in the US for money transfers, an aircraft was purchased and registered there and the aircraft was used in the drug operation.

She lamented that the aircraft was monitored from South America via a tracking device and was allegedly spotted circling an area off the Virgin Islands. Two vessels were seen in the said location and when police gave chase, Skelton, Beazer and Valdez were apprehended on one of the vessels.

The Magistrate said she also found evidence that Harrigan, a former Customs Officer, allegedly joined the operation by assisting one of the conspirators, a Colombian national, by allowing him entry into the VI.

Valdez allegedly handled money for one of the co-conspirators and Hodge, the Magistrate added.

Skelton denied bail yet again

Tana’ania Small-Davis, who is representing Skelton, applied for bail, and told the court this morning that her client was on bail before and adhered to his bail conditions.

She pointed out that he is not a flight risk, and suggested that the Court can impose stringent measures, however, Senior Crown Counsel Valston Graham objected. And after some heated exchange between the two – Magistrate Stephens denied the application.

A special hearing was held on February 3, 6 and 24, 2012, when the defense lawyers for the men put forward arguments as to why they should not be extradited, with the main reason given that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had applied the 1987 legislation, which does not have the US on its list.

However, Senior Magistrate Stephens stated that the US had jurisdiction to make such a request. She also ruled that the Magistrate’s Court had full and unquestionable jurisdiction to hear the matter and Governor Boyd McCleary was entitled to give such an order to proceed with the extradition hearing.

Hodge was represented by Julian Knowles, QC; Skelton by Tana’nia Davis-Small; Richard Rowe for Beazer’ lawyer; Stehpen Daniels for Valdez and Patrick Thompson for Harrigan. Appearing for the Crown were former DPP Terrance Williams and Senior Crown Counsel Graham.

During a court hearing on August 27, 2011, Graham told the court that throughout the years Hodge and his alleged accomplices allegedly picked up some 4,518 kilogrammes of cocaine from airdrops in Virgin Islands (VI) waters, with Beazer and Skelton allegedly assisting in the recovery of the illegal substance.

50 Responses to “UPDATE- Bob Hodge, Beazar, Skelton, Harrigan & Valdez facing extradition”

  • WELLSA (12/03/2012, 09:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • math (12/03/2012, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      A white governor and a white american legal system do the math boss
      • WELLSA (12/03/2012, 12:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Shut your dum backside up, not matter what colour it is te system is for you they are for.
        • my two cents (12/03/2012, 13:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Me aint want to get in this but after living in the states for 25 years I can agree with the second comment, its a racist legal system. Just check the amount of blacks lock up its very telling. As for bob and dem I have to investigate to find out the real interest of the usa
      • Forward (12/03/2012, 13:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        white powder and death they imported and sold.... Glorify these men who fed you and your family with one hand and in the other made poison available for your them as future addicts/crack heads and dealers... Oh yes keep them here, makes sense...
        • put up or shut up (12/03/2012, 18:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Scatter your hater jealous rass where is the evidence? Ayo just repeating what ayo here others say! Fools
          • light bumb (14/03/2012, 07:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            I agree tola people just like to gossip and repeat what they hear on the street whether its true our not....set of bad minded people
          • be kind (14/03/2012, 23:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            ok boys and girls not so hash its only a blog...
      • Peter Crumble (12/03/2012, 21:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        How ignorant can you be, maybe u should see your child having a drug overdose first before u will stop ur dumb ass racist comments!!!
        • YUP! (13/03/2012, 16:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          i normally wouldn let something like this filter thru my thoughts but no man these set here need it. I HOPE!! their child/niece/nephew/god child WHOEVER! fall in the hands of the product that is being passed around..whether is to be crack head or a crack wh......then yea i will be right there shouting with them 'leave THEIR brothers here'
        • not so fast (15/03/2012, 00:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          i for one do not think the comments are racist...the person is on to something!
  • heads up (12/03/2012, 10:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mrs. Gordon please do the right thing..leave our men in the BVI...we need them!
    • eat cake (12/03/2012, 23:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      so the wedding was true??? well saw I want cake.
    • Maria (13/03/2012, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      BVI people educate yourselves, this is not about racist, this is about grown men with children and grandchildren ... they should be ashamed of themselves.
    • Welsa (13/03/2012, 21:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So we want to keep criminals in the BVI? So everything that you know persons are connected with you want to harbor it? OK. This is why Tortola is in the state it's in. We as a people love what's wrong (not all but some). The law is the law. Please ship these men out, they are no different to others in this world who are and have been extradited for the same reason. Yall feel because it's our own people they aren't subject to the same law as the rest of the world. SMH
  • jog (12/03/2012, 12:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought regardless of the colour or where we are from wrong is wrong. If they did wrong they have to suffer the consequences. People need to wake up and stop blogging encouraging these men with their wrong behaviour. Do you realize what type of crime this is?? This is not a taking candy from a store it is a BIG DRUG CASE!!! When we do wrong the BIBle clearly shows what happens. So stop the foolishiness about people taking them for their country.
    • what (12/03/2012, 16:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And which god made you and the squad you defending, judge, bout them wrong. Wha you know bout wrong?!#talkback mr perfect...
    • Huh (13/03/2012, 05:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What is the real "wrong" that they allegedly did? America has this big war on drugs and has everyone brainwashed into thinking that drug running is the worst sin known to man. When you get down to it, alcohol and prescription pills have probably killed more people than any recreational drug! Nobody goes to jail for that! No big war on rum there! During Prohibition guess who were the biggest criminals according to the US? Rum runners (just like dope runners today)! But now rum runners are our local bartenders and rum is big business. Use your own brain instead of buying what the US is selling you!
      • YUP! (13/03/2012, 16:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Sooooooo thats a case of crack for you and your kids too? We'll get right on it to fill that order pronto!
  • big girls rules (12/03/2012, 16:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    look at Chad and Tico anit dem fine!
    • soap power (13/03/2012, 23:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      they are hot in deed look our finest men going to jail....hope none of them drop the soap boss
  • ... (12/03/2012, 22:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Govt better prepare for the outcome of this case. You never know what could happen.
  • tell it (12/03/2012, 23:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    breaking news; they will not be sent to the hear it here first!
  • no justice no peace (13/03/2012, 00:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If these men did what the government say they did then I am not happy and cannot support illegal activities, but I strongly believe it is dead wrong and injustice to have them extradited to America! ...they can never get a fair hearing there
  • Sammy (13/03/2012, 05:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only in Tortola could the trial of a well known drug trafficker be considered racist.
    • tell the truth (13/03/2012, 11:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      "SAMMY" Because it's dam well is!, as the "man" trying to think what the people dem have is too much for them! So hush your silly idiot fat head self boss!
  • free at last (13/03/2012, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let my people go!
  • joblo wants to know (13/03/2012, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Since you all so love these alleged traffickers, why don't you all raise a riot like those folks did in Jamaica and die for them? All talks and no action. When they were bathing in cash did they consider you? Let them go.
    • behind close door (13/03/2012, 23:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      we are a peaceful people but we are doing things but we will not talk all....
  • ausar (13/03/2012, 10:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks to the judiciary who are on the side of justice. They have not lost anything. But many families have lost sons to the jail system and the graveyards. And they cannot be brought back.
  • Bill (13/03/2012, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Today for me tomorrow for you, stay thankful for all you've got.
  • chains over again (13/03/2012, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tears tears tears for my people
  • ... (13/03/2012, 13:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Furthermore, the Magistrate ruled that the United States had jurisdiction over the matter since an account was allegedly set up in the US for money transfers, an aircraft was purchased and registered there and the aircraft was used in the drug operation." To all those who say the US is coming into your country and taking away your men. Uh, well... tell them to stay out of the US breaking laws.
    • well sa (13/03/2012, 20:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      who's name was the aircraft in? And who's name was on those accounts?
  • why (13/03/2012, 13:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    goodness jah are they realy sending our people to Uncle Sam country?
  • The Crazy 88's (13/03/2012, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I swear I'm trying to understand what kind of BOSS Bob is? a sheppard? Meson he should have already had the sicario squad on retainer. A list of all involved...I mean these people walking around the island like everything sweet. As soon as the ruling was not in my favor the sign goes out and even if you survive everybody getting WET proper. But those kind of Bosses are only found in the movies I guess. FROM THE TIME I MAN GET BUST ON YOUR PROPERTY THE ORDER WOULD HAVE GONE OUT ALREADY but even Bob and dem must have thought it's play time out here.
  • Stop the MADNESS!!! (13/03/2012, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yall so stupid and ignorant!!!!!!!!! It has nothing to do with racism. It would happen to any other country in the world...once the crime is committed on US SOIL!!!!!! Stop acting brand new!!!!!!!! strupes!!!!!!!!
    • hard work (13/03/2012, 23:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      of course racism is at the hart of it all..these white cops wish to see our people living like slaves and think we have too much. Most of us have worked hard for what we got.
  • ReX FeRal (13/03/2012, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The chickens are coming to roost
  • stella@raplica handbags (13/03/2012, 16:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i think its a meaningless blame, racism doesn't involve in that,US gov basically show its hatters against other citizens...just find the victims first...replica handbags
    • Funny (13/03/2012, 20:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It's funny that you would leave a link to your website about your bag sales... Lol
  • dog eat dog world (13/03/2012, 23:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    while some are singing hasta la vista i say mothers keeping praying for your sons!
  • big league (14/03/2012, 07:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you want to play in the big league then its big league risk and consequences.....suck it up
  • fat lady (14/03/2012, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But the governor can still say no to them going states so it aint over till the white house signs!!,
    • persia (14/03/2012, 15:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      if you all wating for he to say no then you all have a long long wait...
  • mad man (14/03/2012, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of you ppl are so ignorant with this racism talk, these man is street man and if u know about the streets they know this could have happen to them its not rocket science, This happen all around the world eg.Jamaica with Dodus and St Kitts with Little Nut and these man run more dope in the Caribbean than Bob them so its nothing new. Ah yo need to fall back on this Black and white thing cuz it makes the rest of us here in these islands as ignorant and stupid ppl.
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (14/03/2012, 17:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    these dudes life tis over because after they spend their time they will not be able to go back to the USA
  • AMEN (14/03/2012, 23:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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