Two men from the neighbouring United States Virgin Islands who were allegedly caught with $804,550 worth of undeclared cash in a vessel at West End have denied knowledge of the monies.
Twenty-two-year-old Kalik Aaron who is also a BVI Belonger and the son of a well-known local businessman, along with 23-year-old boat captain Anthony Anglo are jointly charged with failing to declare monies to Customs.
The duo was also charged with untrue declaration.
They both pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they made their first appearance before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Wednesday, October 23.
The court heard that about 2:30 pm on October 19, the accused duo entered the West End Ferry Terminal on a 30-foot speed boat that was coming from St Thomas, USVI.
They reportedly only declared some motorcycle helmets on a Customs declaration form and reportedly said ‘no’ on the said form in response to the question of whether they were in possession of cash amounting to $10,000 or more.
The court heard that during a search of the vessel, a black duffle bag was found in the bow of the boat containing the cash.
When confronted, both men allegedly denied knowledge of the cash, the court heard.
The police were then alerted and the men were arrested and taken to the Road Town Police Station where they maintained they had no knowledge of the cash.
During an interview, Anglo reportedly said they were transporting the helmets for Aaron’s father. However, his co-accused, Aaron, refused to participate in an interview.
Bail in the sum of $150,000 was granted to Aaron. He was must pay $100,000 of that amount upfront while the remaining $50,000 was signed with one surety.
Aaron was also given a 6 pm to 7 am curfew, told to surrender all his travel documents, and report to the Road Town Police Station no later than noon from Monday to Friday.
The magistrate also ordered the police to make inquiries at his Havers Estate home to ensure that he is complying with the terms of his bail.
His co-accused Angol was denied bail and will be on remand until the conclusion of the trial.
Angol’s lack of ties to the territory, the likelihood of him fleeing, and the nature of his job as a charter boat captain were among the reasons the court outlined for denying him bail.
In the meantime, the Crown also made an application for the cash to be further detained pending further police investigations into its source.
Their matters were adjourned to November 14.
Attorney-at-law Stephen Daniels represents Angol while defence attorneys Patrick Thompson and Reynela Rawlins represent Aaron.
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