A politician nominated by the Queen to lead the British Virgin Islands has been arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession.

A British Virgin Islands politician who was selected by the Queen to lead the territory is being jailed in the United States on suspicion of drug trafficking.

The Drug Enforcement Agency seized Andrew Fahie, the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, in Miami on Thursday, April 28.

Since February 2019, the 51-year-old has led the British overseas territory in the Caribbean.

According to US authorities, he is accused of participating in an alleged plot to import a restricted narcotic as well as money laundering.

As part of the sting, investigators pretended to be cocaine traffickers from the Mexican Sinaloa cartel, according to the Miami Herald.

He is accused of agreeing to a £560,000 bribe to allow smugglers to use the island’s ports, oblivious to the fact that he was dealing with an undercover informant.

During the operation, another official, Oleanvine Maynard, and his son, Kadeem Maynard, were also apprehended.

‘This afternoon, the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie, was detained in the United States on allegations connected to drugs trafficking and money laundering,’ Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said yesterday night.

‘These serious claims disgust me.’

The claims have yet to be addressed by Mr. Fahie or a representative working on his behalf.

The British government has been investigating claims of corruption and governance issues on the island for a long time.

Last year, the commission made headlines when it was revealed that Tory MP Sir Geoffrey Cox had earned hundreds of thousands of pounds working as a lawyer for the British Virgin Islands government.

Mr. Fahie has previously been defended by the former attorney general at proceedings.

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