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June 29th, 2023
Buney H. Chinnery sentenced to 8 months imprisonment in USVI

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- [British] Virgin Islander Buney H. Chinnery, 22, has been sentenced to eight months in prison after being convicted of failure to heave to law enforcement and giving a false statement to US law enforcement authorities.

February 25th, 2023
Tortola man pleads guilty for smuggling DR man into USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USIV - A Tortola man has pleaded guilty to bringing an illegal alien to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) for private financial gain, U.S. Attorney Delia L. Smith announced Friday, February 24, 2023.

July 20th, 2022
Jeremy Kuntz arrested for allegedly smuggling 19 migrants into VI

ROAD REEF, Tortola, VI- Officers of the Marine Branch have charged Jeremy Kuntz, 30, a resident of Chalwell Estate with smuggling migrants.

November 22nd, 2020
DR native residing on Tortola among 5 charged in USVI for smuggling cocaine

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — A native of the Dominican Republic, who has been residing in the Virgin Islands (VI), is among 5 persons held by Federal agents on Wednesday night, November 18, 2020, for alleged drug smuggling in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

August 26th, 2020
Persons blatantly advertising services requiring cross-border runs - Top CoP

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Persons advertising services that require cross-border runs to the US Virgin Islands (USVI), even as the Territory has a strict COVID-19 border closure, could find themselves before the courts, Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews has said.

August 23rd, 2020
'This must stop!'- Top CoP blasts human smuggling activities

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Facing criticisms from community members over human smuggling from the US Virgin Islands (USVI), Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Mr Michael B. Matthews has blasted persons engaging in the activity and has urged members of the Virgin Islands community to report instances of such.

July 2nd, 2020
Man accused of smuggling 10 Haitians claims his boat drifted into VI waters

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Crawford Sabaroch, 53, a national of Dominica residing in St Maarten, who is accused of smuggling 10 Haitians into the Territory on June 25, 2020, told the Magistrate’s Court during his first appearance today, July 2, 2020 that his boat had experienced engine trouble for days and had drifted into Virgin Islands waters.

May 24th, 2020
1 local, 2 DR men arrested for alleged Illegal Entry, Firearm & Drug Possession

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) from sources close to the situation are that three persons have been arrested for alleged Illegal Entry, Possession of Firearms and Possession of a Controlled Drug.

May 22nd, 2020
2 yrs jail; $12K fine for smuggler Tambu Frett

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- 34-year-old human smuggler Tambu Frett of Little Dix Hill, Tortola, finally learnt his fate today, May 22, 2020, on the charges of Smuggling, Illegal Entry and Breach of Curfew, which he had all pleaded guilty to in the Magistrate’s Court since April 6, 2020.

May 21st, 2020
Change of heart! Tambu Frett declines to testify

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islander Tambu Frett declined to give evidence to the court in his defence and through his lawyer, E. Leroy Jones, maintains that when he smuggled Bryan D. Bolan, a USVI resident, into the Territory on April 3, 2020, it was purely a 'humanitarian act'.

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