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February 27th, 2024
Vincy man arrested in USVI for smuggling humans from Tortola to St John

CRUZ BAY, ST John, USVI- A St Vincent and The Grenadines national has been arrested by border patrol authorities in the US Virgin Islands and placed before the court for attempting to smuggle people into St John, US Virgin Islands from Tortola, [British] Virgin Islands.

January 16th, 2023
Excursion boat captain alleges he was asked to leave Oil Nut Bay area

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A boat captain that provides excursions mainly in the Virgin Gorda area was allegedly asked to leave the Oil Nut Bay area. The matter, after being raised on Facebook by Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles, was reportedly subsequently ‘settled’ favourably for the parties involved.

November 14th, 2022
Haitian boat captain held for illegal entry & ammo possession- RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Five persons were arrested for illegal entry into the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) after officers of the Joint Task Force detected a vessel that travelled from the US Virgin Islands (USVI) into the VI without making clearance late yesterday evening, November 13, 2022.

December 4th, 2021
Tortola boat captain sentenced for entering the U.S. illegally


ST. THOMAS, USVI — Unites States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced Friday that Juwon Potter, 25, of Tortola, BVI was sentenced to one-year probation and ordered to pay $2,000 for illegally entering the United States. Potter was tried for destruction of evidence, illegally bringing in an undocumented noncitizen, and illegally entering the United States.

June 15th, 2020
7,000lbs of fish on boat found illegally in VI waters forfeited to Crown

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Puerto Rican boat captain of the fishing vessel with Indonesian crew found in Virgin Islands waters on June 8, 2020, reportedly told police although he was denied entry by the Immigration Department, he was promised by a shipping agency in the Territory they would get ‘Customs Clearance’ for him.

June 10th, 2020
PR boat captain & Indonesian fishing crew held in VI waters with large catch

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Local authorities have held a boat captain from Puerto Rico and his crew of Indonesians who were allegedly in Virgin Islands waters with close to 8,000 pounds of fish in their vessel.

September 12th, 2019
USVI man was ‘testing’ new boat found with drugs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Gerard Hilaire claimed to be giving his new fishing boat a test run when he was caught heading to an undesignated port of entry on Tortola with illegal drugs.

June 25th, 2019
UK national pronounced dead after pulled from waters near Norman Island

NORMAN ISLAND, VI – A man who was pulled from waters off Norman Island and later pronounced dead at Peebles Hospital on Sunday June 23, 2019 has been identified as United Kingdom national Oliver Wheatley, 27.

May 14th, 2018
USVI boat captain faces 10 years for human smuggling


CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— On May 10, 2018, Shawn A. Callwood, 36, of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), Glenys GruzCalcano, 28, Anyi Paola Calcano, 19, Luis Alberto Pimentel Gautier, 42, and Rafael MoralesOsoria, 35, all of Dominican Republic, made their initial appearances before US District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, after being charged in criminal complaints with immigrant smuggling and illegal reentry into the United States, USVI Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

November 27th, 2015
Juliet Rogers aka ‘Yellow’ hospitalised; missed from the streets

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ms. Juliet Rogers aka ‘Yellow’ known to all for her frequency on the streets of Tortola requesting money for drinking a beverage has been hospitalised.

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