Former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to launder money and import cocaine to the United States, his attorney said on Wednesday, following his arrest in Miami.
Fahie was ousted as the British overseas territory’s premier this month after the U.S. Department of Justice said he had agreed with a Drug Enforcement Administration informant to help smuggle cocaine in exchange for a cut of the proceeds.
Attorney Theresa Van Vliet said Fahie pleaded not guilty.
Fahie was replaced by Natalio Wheatley, who had been serving as the territory’s acting premier after Fahie’s arrest.
The Department of Justice also charged Oleanvine Maynard, who had been the managing director for the British Virgin Islands ports authority, with the same crimes.
The United Kingdom last month said the territory should be effectively ruled from London due to governance and corruption problems that were brought to light by a commission of inquiry, which was independent of Fahie’s arrest.