The Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) is to assume security command for all air and sea ports indefinitely, according to the agreement between the Government of National Unity and the United Kingdom (UK).
The framework for implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry
) report and other reforms directs Cabinet approves joint responsibility between the relevant government agencies and the RVIPF for security of all ports, including airports, under the command of the Force.
According to the framework, the RVIPF will remain in command until security concerns are effectively addressed and new constitutional and legal arrangements have been considered.
The deadline for Cabinet to undertake this initiative is June 30, 2022.
The fallout from the detention of the Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Oleanvine Maynard on drug trafficking and money laundering charges has already resulted in a shake-up in the management of the ports.
Last month in announcing the resignation of the Chairman of the BVIPA Board Kelvin Hodge, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. Natalio Wheatley had announced plans to meet with the Governor and Commissioner of Police to discuss some of the security concerns and what measures can be taken to address them.
Maynard and then Premier Andrew Fahie
were part of a Government team attending major cruise meetings in Miami when they were reportedly arrested separately on Thursday, April 28, having gone to a Miami airport in connection with a $700,000 cash advance to help use the BVI ports to move Columbian cocaine for a Mexico drug cartel.
In exchange, the defendants would make millions, which would be funneled through different businesses and bank accounts to hide the money’s source, U.S officials say.
According to U.S. officials, Maynard’s son, Kadeem Maynard was also arrested on St. Thomas as part of the sting operation conducted by the U.S.