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$45M in cocaine! Accused drug runner denied bail

Olicity McMillan Lans — a Hannah’s Estate resident arrested Sunday in connection to the seizure of more than $45 million worth of a substance believed to be cocaine — has been denied bail.

Lans, a dual citizen of the United States and the BVI, is charged with the importation of drugs, being concerned with the supply of drugs, and possession of 453.78 kilos of cocaine. 

He has not yet answered to the charges but his attorney Leroy Jones said Lans plans to contest the charges vigorously.

Meanwhile, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards denied the 24-year-old’s bail application during his first court appearance for the matter on Tuesday.

In applying for bail, Lans’ attorney noted that his client is the operator of a trucking business that he uses to financially support his newborn and his grandparents. 

Jones also listed several similar court cases in which the accused persons were granted bail.

Crown opposes

But in opposing the application, Senior Crown Counsel in the DDP’s Office, Patrice Hickson said the litany of cases outlined by the defence attorney is precisely why Lans ought not to be granted bail. 

She argued that these cases prove that drug-related crimes are prevalent in the BVI.

The prosecutor also said Lans is a major flight risk considering he has citizenship in the US and has access to ‘friends’ with boats capable of leaving the territory undetected. 

She further said Lans is likely to interfere with the investigation or to “re-offend” considering there are other suspects still at large in the matter.

The court agrees

Magistrate Richards agreed, stating that no amount of bail conditions could keep him from absconding.

And while noting that the BVI’s borders are extremely porous, Magistrate Richards said: “I did not consider the taking of his travel documents would have sufficiently mitigated against any risk of him fleeing.”

He was therefore ordered remanded and is scheduled to reappear before the court on May 11.

Allegations

Meanwhile, allegations are that at some time after midday on April 11, Lans and others were seen on a go-fast 38-foot vessel carrying “several bails of suspected cocaine”.

The vessel was said to be travelling south-east of St Croix in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands (USVI); towards the western end of Tortola.

After identifying what was transpiring, a joint operation commenced between BVI and USVI authorities who provided air support in the form of a helicopter.

The chase

It is alleged that a chase ensued between the aircraft and the vessel. And during the chase, multiple bails of the suspected cocaine were thrown overboard by the boat’s occupants.

The vessel later ran aground in the Fort Recovery area of Tortola. The occupants, including the captain, abandoned the vessel and made off in a pick-up truck, the court heard.

However, it is alleged that the truck crashed in Carrot Bay and Lans was seen running from the area of the vehicle into a wooded area where he was apprehended and arrested. The others escaped.

The drugs were recovered and are said to have a street value of US$45,378,000.

 

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11 Comments

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  1. Huggy says:

    Going down sucker

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  2. Jah says:

    Ah, the narco state continues

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  3. SMH says:

    But the crooked and toxic people portray ing to be Officers still on the Loose.

  4. Zoom buggy says:

    Sad. Wouldnt see you zooming by in ir little buggy. Thinking about if your crime was done on lamd. They would of never catch you.

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  5. only in the BVI says:

    Cops $200 million worth of cocaine BAIL……Rasta $45 million worth of cocaine NO BAIL

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  6. Nah says:

    The small fry frontontinting while the big fish swim free.

  7. Throw the book at him says:

    That amount of drugs would have negatively impacted the lives of thousands of people including many newborn babies. Get this man off the streets.

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  8. West says:

    More police action last night in yards near Big Ben’s Service station. Heavily armed cops in there looking for stuff or people.

    • Kandd says:

      I don’t know how parents could be hosting children’s party in that yard with that crock !(e c?€@₩m shop. Too often I pass there and the smoke burning off your nose.

  9. SOB says:

    Ayo think ayo could stop we.
    We done get blessings from the obya woman.

  10. To bvi only says:

    HIGH COURT IS WHO GIVE THE COPS BAIL NOT SMALL COURT SO GET THE FACTS FIRST HE CAN APPLY TO HIGH COURT FOR BAIL AND SEE IF HE GET IT.

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