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