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VI will continue working with US agencies ‘to root out corruption’- Premier Wheatley

- says Govt will also work with any regional or foreign law enforcement agencies
Premier Dr. The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has vowed his Government commitment as well as that of the local law enforcement to continue collaborating with foreign law enforcement agencies and those in the United States (U.S.) to root out corruption in the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: Internet Source
Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley was at the time speaking to the press during a Friday, May 13, 2022, press conference on current matters in the Vi alongside Deputy Premier, Kye M. Rymer (R5). Photo: GIS/Facebook
Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley was at the time speaking to the press during a Friday, May 13, 2022, press conference on current matters in the Vi alongside Deputy Premier, Kye M. Rymer (R5). Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Premier Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has vowed his Government's commitment, as well as that of the local law enforcement agencies, to continue collaborating with foreign law enforcement authorities, including those in the United States (US), to root out corruption in the Virgin Islands (VI).

Dr Wheatley was at the time speaking to the media during a Friday, May 13, 2022, press conference on current matters in the Virgin Islands.

“Of course, law enforcement here through the Governor’s Office, as well as many of our law enforcement agencies, has a strong history of working with the officials in the United States, and that's nothing strange. It happens all the time and information is often shared both ways.

“So, I would expect if the United States needed assistance from our law enforcement officials here in conducting any investigation, our law enforcement here would assist and we support that,” Dr the Hon Wheatley said in response to a question on the subject.

He added his Government wants to root out all forms of corruption and all forms of criminal activity from local society. 

No drugs, guns, human trafficking in VI – Premier Wheatley

“We don't want drugs here in the Virgin Islands. We don't want guns being smuggled. We don't want human trafficking here and we have to cooperate with our law enforcement agencies and law enforcement agencies in the United States or any other place or the neighbouring islands to see how we can root out criminal activity from our societies.” 

Premier Wheatley said the VI is a safe destination and hence, it should be kept safe with the need to root out any possibility of any kind of criminal activity in the territory.

Meanwhile, as it relates to ‘Government official 1’ reference in US court documents used to arrest former Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges, Premier Wheatley said he is confident that local law enforcement will be apprised of the situation.

“Certainly, what we read in the affidavit is shocking, it is concerning but I have all confidence that measures are being taken to investigate and address any type of criminal activity taking place in the Virgin Islands,” he said.

36 Responses to “VI will continue working with US agencies ‘to root out corruption’- Premier Wheatley”

  • Linda (17/05/2022, 11:04) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    I feel so ashamed of all of this happening. My heart hurts from the trust we put in our leaders, only to get slapped in the face full force. I know we will make a comeback, but we will never forget this. Just sad for the B.V.I.
    • Rubber Duck (17/05/2022, 12:15) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
      Completely hilarious. The BVi government knew nothing about the DEA sting on Fahie and will know nothing of any future DEA operations because most of them will be against the members of the BVI government, their cronies ,relatives and business partners.
      • @rubber duck (17/05/2022, 13:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are very anxious I hope you can hang on a little while longer. My guess is that you working with the DEA or tje Governor so you have all the information .
        • Rubber Duck (17/05/2022, 17:51) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
          Actually I run the whole world from a shack on Great Mountain, but dont tell anyone.
      • @rubber duck (17/05/2022, 14:09) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        Their doctorate must be based on the mastery of twisting, and manipulating the power of the word. Moving into total insanity. The puppets are so groomed that they think it’s reality. Or did we buy the doctorates too, “s” is for so many.
  • just to stay in power (17/05/2022, 11:19) Like (22) Dislike (10) Reply
    Shawonde sounds like he is willing to throw more people under the bus
    • TMJ (17/05/2022, 12:10) Like (40) Dislike (4) Reply
      He need to throw all the harmful one under the bus who have no desire to see good in this country.
  • WW3 (17/05/2022, 11:41) Like (47) Dislike (2) Reply
    I wonder if AF still wants an apology from Jaspert?
  • Wayne DEAD (17/05/2022, 11:46) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply

    So with that being said ALL THE MAN DEM FROM WEST TO EAST WHO DON'T TRY CONCEAL THE FACT THEY DRUG DEALERS YOUR TIME UP! W******** will sell you out to the FEDS and will just be doing his job.

  • @linda (17/05/2022, 11:52) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is going down in the pages of BVI HISTORY.
  • Corruption Solution! (17/05/2022, 12:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    Give it a couple of months for Fahie's @#$& to really pucker up and then hold a BVI corruption conference in Miami, invite and pay for everyone to attend and see how many turn up ;)
    Keep the ones who do and open up investigations on the ones who don't... problem solved! lol

  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (17/05/2022, 12:37) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon. Dr. Natalio Sajande Wheatley, current Premier of the BVI. At this stage in my life I am not easily fooled, especially by politicians, and preachers.
    You used in your speech we, in reference to the DEA. Both the CoI, and the DEA don't have iny trust in the former VIP Cabinet, neirher do they have any in the current patchup uniso government.
    Two cannot walk together accept they first agree, much less three.
    What you are trying to convey to us, your boss, the people, in my strong, and honest opinion, is dishonesty, like your former boss tried, and failed. In other words, in my honest opinion, you are not truthful in your communication to us, the people, your boss, but rather tactically political. We the People, your boss demands of all our employees respect, not short of good, and even better governance going forward, not empty political speeches void of true accountibility.

  • ... (17/05/2022, 12:51) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Other than the Haitians fleeing from their crisis human trafficking to me sounds like rich person's vice. This is ridiculous though there is little to no demand for cocaine use in the VI, that too is a rich persons vice. Stereotypically rich white people's drug of choice.

    protect the borders, get rid of the few traffickers & problem solved.

    Provide safety or deterrence, oh yea & protect the border! & there will be none seeking to own guns because they want to follow the fashion. The way people use these guns is often close up in an ambush. Whats the point of the gun then, extra years behind bars? Might aswell stab them if you going to get close. Brutus...

    Legalize weed, allow limited home cultivation & private dispensaries & if done right there will be nothing going on at the hang out spots except hanging out.

    Human trafficking is hard to solve. I dont know how prolific it is, but depending on the motivation behind the phenomena besides, protecting the border!! fixing this may require legalizing & regulation of prostitution.

    Newton third law. Simple fact of life is that the act of resisting creates resistance. Allow for proper outlets or we will fight a never ending war, a forever war, similar to the decades long & ultimately unsuccessful war on drugs.

    While im at it, stop resisting the UK in such a direct manner it only creates increased resistance on their side. Avoid their force and use its momentum to go after the things that will create tangible results in our society. Change that will benefit the people regardless of the UK's frequent (& longstanding) habit of engaging in behind the scenes contrived manipulations.

    Hate no one but I will call out slacking politicians of any back ground. Our recent direct ancestors were slaves, they endured the horrors passing across the sea & endured possibly the cruelest collective display of humanity ever in the history of humanity. Murder, Rape, Forced Breeding programs, children were subjected to all of it. Africa was colonized.

    Similarly to the holocaust this cannot be denied. Everything that could be done to our race was done & I am not going to be silent out of fear.

    TODAY it is not about UK VS VI its about the people VS those ignoring our calls to fix the fixable. Who ever they may be.
  • Weird.. (17/05/2022, 12:51) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply

    I was skeptical about U.K. taking over for a few months but it may be necessary. There’s no way for the current sitting ministers to really form an unbiased opinion. There’s no way this will turn out good for any of these ppl involved in this mess. If I were Wheatley I would support the U.K. rule for the 2 yrs and use that as a way to prove how trustworthy I am. He’s doing too much too soon it’s starting to seem suspicious now.

    • @Weird (17/05/2022, 19:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I feel the same way also. I want a whole new clean slate. I will say this much, they may/may not were aware of their boss underhanded behavior but it makes them look guilty as well and that is where the trust thing comes in for me. That I can’t trust you stigma thing. I am in favor of the UK stepping in and running things for a while until we get back on track. What is going on is to big for us to handle on our own.
    • Madussa (17/05/2022, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ Weird. You are weird if you think if our Constitution is given up for any amount of time, that we will get it back. This is just what the UK wants us to believe and put our trust in them. Once our Constitution is gone, we are back to the fields of SLAVERY! Don't be such an idiot! What, you don't like your freedom? The Constitution is our only protection against those colonizers.
      • @Madussa (18/05/2022, 05:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        it is weird of you to think UK has much of an interest in taking over the BVIs. Not much (legit) money, lots of indolence and not much productivity, and a handful of unruly people.
        • smh (19/05/2022, 11:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          @Madussa Reply - You are downplaying the worth of this territory and its shame to see! They see our value more than we see it. Maybe the place should be taken over by them. Would SERVE all the illogical thinkers right.
  • fearful (17/05/2022, 13:14) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a survey at the bottom of this page , and it’s missing a lot of questions, but the most important question that should be asked is “would you prefer the UK take over and suspend the constitution or have the united Government rule till next elections. “
    That what you should try and find out in the polls.
    But they are afraid of the answer and how the people feel. Hypocrites!
    • Moesha (18/05/2022, 13:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      With all due respect don’t and I repeat don’t let the US of A get hold of our beautiful island. They can’t control the USA how are they going to control ours. My advice to you all government people, let them stay behind the walls and don’t let them even peep over.
  • Kim (17/05/2022, 13:20) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great job my prime..root out all the corruption and killing what are taking place in the bvi.
  • DEA Know (17/05/2022, 14:03) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s documented that DEA knows who Government 1 is. Why don’t we? Wow. The deception runs very very deep. And don’t worry about these nefarious criminals and traffickers abroad. Look WITHIN!!! Now you’re talking some real manipulation to deceive the people. Your words are so twisted that a hog can see your playbook.
    • We all know… (17/05/2022, 17:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      …who GO1 is.

      Any move from the One Party State to fire him?

      Dream on.
  • SUBJECT (17/05/2022, 14:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Extraditions ya seh!!!

    Who from haaayy still????
  • Mr. Governor what u waiting on (17/05/2022, 15:52) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    The corruption is very, very bad here Mr. Governor at all Level..Every Ministry, Every statutory body..It way worst than it looks.
  • WOW (17/05/2022, 17:31) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    So Natalio - why did you join Andrew in trying to stop the last Gov brining in the Uk ship and stopping corruption?
  • DEA (17/05/2022, 22:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    i trying to figure out how some folks still falling for the DEA
  • Yup (17/05/2022, 23:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Start with the police. Oh, wait. That's under masa portfoolio.
    Guess they will turn a blind eye while pointing fingers
    • @ Yup (18/05/2022, 09:25) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      thanks for being bold with your blog: there needs to a commission of inquiry into the criminal conduct of the royal virgin islands police force but we all know that comes under wishful thinking

      The police department currently falls under a representative of the united kingdom if the police department was under a local there would have been some form of commission of inquiry


      The commissioner of police and the governor is responsible for border security; over the past 5 years drugs coming into our territory is on the rise; guns coming into our country are on the rise; and there is visible signs that the borders of the territory has improve:

      Not even touching the crooked police officers who continue to work user the command of the commissioner of police
  • @Yup (18/05/2022, 07:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    They did do you know how many Police Officers that have been arrested or suspended for currption? Now check and see how many persons from any other Agencies that have happened to. Do you know why? Probably it is because only certain nationalities are crooks but the current occurrences proved otherwise.
    • @@Yup (18/05/2022, 11:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccccccccccctttttttttttttttttttttttttttttsssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • vi (18/05/2022, 13:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Me premier if you want it to happen bring in the Royal Navy which the former premier was against
  • Moesha (18/05/2022, 13:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The last time I check I don’t believe the poor people from Tola has any means to get these drugs into the territory. It seems as though they are coming in by the higher authorities crooked people who has money check it out
  • Lillian (19/05/2022, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hahahahaha what a joke! hahahahaha this is a comedy scenary with these locals lol hahahhahaa and uk will seriously accept this? oh nooooo please!! them people needs to go out everyone!! in no position


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