Two Charged In Joint Us/Vi Drug Interdiction Operation


Wednesday, May 20 – Officers of the Special Investigations Unit charged the two suspects taken into custody Monday following the joint drug interdiction operation betweenU.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and BVI Customs.

Oidier Steevenson Triana Gomez, 22, of Venezuela and Julio Leonard Minaya Tejeda, 20, of the Dominican Republic were both charged with unlawful possession of cocaine as well as unlawful possession of prohibited ammunition under the new Firearms (Amendment) Act.

The two male suspects were occupants of the boat intercepted near Ginger Island on which 16 bales of suspected cocaine were recovered. A third male occupant, whose identity is still unknown, was fatality wounded during the operation.

Police continue investigations in collaboration with US. law enforcement.