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UPDATE: $1M found on boat that allegedly entered VI illegally

- Local & USVI men held
One of the men arrested by law enforcement authorities for allegedly entering the Virgin Islands illegally on June 17, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
Law enforcement officials with the persons arrested at the Police Marine Base at Road Reef on June 15, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
Law enforcement officials with the persons arrested at the Police Marine Base at Road Reef on June 15, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Some $1M in cash was allegedly uncovered by law enforcement authorities who intercepted a vessel that entered the Territory illegally on June 16, 2020.

The two persons on the vessel, a 37-year-old of Belle Vue, Tortola and a 30-year-old man of the US Virgin Islands (USVI), were arrested.

The men were reportedly first spotted on the vessel in the waters of St John, USVI, heading into the VI between Jost van Dyke and West End.

The marine patrol kept surveillance on the vessel and pursued the vessel once it entered VI waters.

The vessel was reportedly summoned to stop; however, it allegedly did not, even when the authorities began to close in.

According to reports, the vessel did not stop until officers drew their weapons and aimed at the suspects. They also reportedly declined to respond to questions asked by police pertaining to where they were coming from and if they had anything illegal on them.

Police noticed two black bags on a seat and checks revealed monies estimated at $1M in US currency.

Up to press time no charges were laid and the two remain in police custody.

See article published June 17, 2020

2 allegedly held for illegal entry, large sums of $$

Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that law enforcement officials in the Virgin Islands have reportedly arrested two individuals for illegal entry.

The Territory’s borders are currently closed to marine vessels, except for approved cargo boats.

The men were reportedly arrested today, June 16, 2020.

According to sources within the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), a large amount of cash was also found.

Our newsroom is working on more details to this story.

44 Responses to “UPDATE: $1M found on boat that allegedly entered VI illegally”

  • Really (16/06/2020, 13:44) Like (6) Dislike (15) Reply

    Deport them government please. 

    • Local (16/06/2020, 14:22) Like (37) Dislike (4) Reply
      Stop the noise about deport them please . We self ain't get the whole story yet . We want names and amount first . We getting more money for our stimulus package so relax we need more of them to come since they have money to give way .they think we sleeping because we say boarder close it's only now we patrolling they believe we going on a next lockdown as they come we getting them along with
      • Hot one (17/06/2020, 16:50) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        who cares about deporting them - $1m is a bonus for the BVI economy as long as the DPP does not mess up the forfeiture proceedings.
    • Windy (16/06/2020, 14:50) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      Lock them up for a couple years first
      • .... (16/06/2020, 15:33) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
        For what bout a year and half the most....if a gun the only carry 5
      • just asking (18/06/2020, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why? They ain’t revealed anything really illegal about the monies whereabouts yet?
    • @Really (16/06/2020, 20:55) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
      You need to deport yourself. You don't even know where the individuals are from but the first thing you read is deport them. Stop being ignorant.
  • Really? (16/06/2020, 14:13) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Some people just don’t learn !
  • Things rough (16/06/2020, 15:13) Like (12) Dislike (77) Reply
    Police need to leave people alone
    • Norris Turnbull (17/06/2020, 01:01) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Things rough...That is the most stupid ignorant comment to make.
  • Sinking Ship (16/06/2020, 15:54) Like (14) Dislike (25) Reply
    Boycott CCT for their easy to persuade, missing the bigger picture mentally they will never leave the local market and always be underdogs
    • ha (16/06/2020, 16:17) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    • strpz (16/06/2020, 16:29) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
      Read the Room sis! This isn't the time for you to be ignorant about that topic. What the hell does CCT have to do with a vessel entering illegally?
      • TORTOLIAN (16/06/2020, 18:27) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
  • Progress (16/06/2020, 16:19) Like (6) Dislike (39) Reply
    Alot of people would have gotten some of that money this week. Police always feel they could stop progress. The origin of police was to catch the run away much been taking away from black people now we trying hard to catch up, here comes the progress down pressors on we NECKS.
    • Wrong Progress (17/06/2020, 07:28) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      That was initially how the Police in the US were set up.... not the British Police.
  • forward (16/06/2020, 16:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    when one set gets hold up the rest gets ashore
  • @Really!! (16/06/2020, 18:16) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am sure the ppl them from here!!!! But they can deport you
  • old (16/06/2020, 18:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    That Fishing boat. And that boat to day work as one..
  • u (16/06/2020, 19:37) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    What this have to do with rough time some people naturally igurant so people in an out doing allegal stuff and police must let them go I what a thing
  • Cindy B (16/06/2020, 23:33) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well sah!!! Parna child mother always have people name in her mouth, now she have sauce to chat bout! LOL
    • You kno (18/06/2020, 05:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You wrong gyal just like you old pig watch your self i got you..
  • Bob (17/06/2020, 10:04) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Confiscate the vessel and gift it to Natural Parks.
  • leakage of photos (17/06/2020, 11:51) Like (27) Dislike (7) Reply
    why am I receiving photos of these men and the bag of money being sent to my phone!! where is the unsloppy work and confidentiality of the POLICE!!!!!!!
  • In the game (17/06/2020, 16:54) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    Ayo done have the money just set the man them free why take the money and lock them up
  • Me Me (17/06/2020, 17:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    People people come on time to be serious too much going on. Wrong is wrong
  • Dollars (17/06/2020, 17:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Money we need keep the monies for unemployment check..
  • thank you (17/06/2020, 17:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    keep the cash come: one million down 63 millions to go....keep getting caught guys and thank for the finical contribution
  • Hmm (17/06/2020, 17:50) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    That $$ can be used to help the laid off workers.
  • tru (17/06/2020, 18:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boat and $1million confiscated not a bad days work. Now jail for a year then deport both as they guy from Belle Vue is not from here,time to go and thank you for your contribution.
  • Big Slick Willie (17/06/2020, 18:25) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    Wait. Is it illegal to have big cash on you? Sure they should have to account for where it came from. Dude could have been coming over to invest in real estate.
    • limit (17/06/2020, 19:09) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      There's a $10,000 limit....
    • Deh Watcha (19/06/2020, 10:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Next time you traveling, walk with that kind of cash and then report back here if it is illegal or not.
  • NezRez (17/06/2020, 18:44) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like I always say, if it weren't for dumb criminals.......... Please, let the rest of them who try these stunts be as dumb as the rest. Thank you dumb criminals for your financial and fish contributions to the BVI.
  • ? (17/06/2020, 18:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    O my that's y the girl them driving those BIG cars o GOSH I never thought of that I need 1....
  • Sigh (17/06/2020, 19:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Send half let me set up myself to live comfortable
  • money money (17/06/2020, 20:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Iceberg!we get money in to territory every night! Open secret
  • D (17/06/2020, 20:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Day by Day thing are closing in what in darkness must come to light moon ah run till day catch it and all so the long rope has an end
  • Payday?? (17/06/2020, 20:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them guys had a serious payday man. I wonder if they could ease off that 7% tax for moneygram transfers for a little while and call it a moratorium.
  • Timely (17/06/2020, 21:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    They mussy won a lottery or won some gamble, both of which the government looking to introduce in the bvi. They should be the face of these brilliant new initiatives (sarcasm intended).
  • T (18/06/2020, 18:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr com****"r them police officer on their toes high five
  • Hmm (20/06/2020, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need some more to help pay for expat quarantine do u have any friends :)

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