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BVI’s Kevin Henley Indicted For Bringing $256,386.00 In A Dufflebag Into The USVI

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment on November 5 charging Kevin Henley, 21, of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, with Bulk Cash Smuggling, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

Henley was arrested on October 7, 2015, and was released on home confinement with electronic monitoring after posting a $25,000.00 cash bond pending trial, Sharpe said. His arraignment and advice of rights on the indictment were scheduled to occur today.

According to the indictment and court documents, agents of the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), were conducting surveillance in Red Hook, St. Thomas, when they observed Henley load several packages on his British registered vessel docked at the American Yacht Harbor. Henley departed the American Yacht Harbor, but his vessel soon stalled, and he was escorted back to the ferry dock by a passenger ferry.

As Henley approached the dock, he grabbed a black duffle bag from his vessel and attempted to flee the dock without the other packages and without securing the vessel. Henley was immediately apprehended by HSI agents.

Upon inspection of Henley’s duffle bag, agents found approximately $256,386.00 cash in United States currency. Henley was arrested and charged with failure to declare his currency before departing the United States Virgin Islands.

Sharpe said that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty,” he said.

The case is being investigated by HSI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Delia Smith.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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