(CMR) The premier of the British Virgin Islands could be released on a $500,000 bond as he awaits trial on drug trafficking charges, a federal judge in Miami said Wednesday.
According to the Miami Herald, federal court Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes rejected prosecutors’ argument that Andrew Fahie would flee the U.S. if released. Instead, she said he could remain in Miami, at the rented home of his two college-age daughters, if he and his family surrender their travel documents and he wears an ankle bracelet monitor and pays the sizable bond.
It is unclear when and if Fahie would be released as prosecutors said they would appeal the decision.
Fahie and his ports director Oleanvine Maynard were arrested last week during a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sting after accepting what he was told was $700,000 cash from undercover DEA agents and informants who posed as Mexican drug traffickers.
According to the criminal complaint, Fahie and his ports director, Oleanvine Maynard, met with the group on a private jet in the Miami area. The complaint said Maynard referred to Fahie as a “little crook sometimes” who wouldn’t hesitate to profit from a plan cooked up with the help of self-proclaimed Lebanese Hezbollah operatives to move mass quantities of cocaine and drug proceeds through the Caribbean island.