Tag: gold smuggling

‘Gold case’ pilot suing for legal aid

‘Gold case’ pilot suing for legal aid

| 29/06/2021 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Juan Carlos Gonzales Infante, a Venezuelan pilot who arrived in Cayman more than two years ago aboard a private jet carrying two passengers, $2 million worth of gold and around $135,000 in cash hidden under the floorboards, is suing the courts’ legal aid department after his application for help to fight extradition to the […]

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Released foreign offenders beg to go home

Released foreign offenders beg to go home

| 09/03/2021 | 20 Comments

(CNS) Two Venezuelan men and one Colombian man who have served their time for drug smuggling convictions are desperate to go home and, after at least four failed attempts, they don’t understand why there are so many barriers to their deportation. Lesme Ruiz (54), Jose Leonardo Ferrini (35) and Jose Moloina (26) are facing a […]

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Offenders await deportation in 7MB hotels

Offenders await deportation in 7MB hotels

| 22/02/2021 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Several foreign nationals who have committed offences in the Cayman Island but who have served their prison time are being housed in hotels around the Seven Mile Beach area, at public expense, as they wait to be deported. CNS has submitted a number of questions about the issue to the authorities but no one […]

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Suspect gold smugglers acquitted

Suspect gold smugglers acquitted

| 24/03/2020 | 42 Comments

(CNS): A jury reached not guilt verdicts last week on all of the charges against a group of men accused of smuggling over $6 million worth of dirty gold across international borders, believed to be the proceeds of crime. After a trial lasting more than a dozen weeks, beset by numerous delays, the men were […]

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Jury faces 100s of dox as gold smuggling case resumes

Jury faces 100s of dox as gold smuggling case resumes

| 16/01/2020

(CNS): The trial of five men who are accused of being involved in an illegal gold smuggling venture resumed this week, after a near month-long break, with the presentation of mountains of documents. The first witness to take the stand as the crown re-opened the case was a police intelligence officer who specialises in electronic […]

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‘Dirty gold’ was proceeds of crime, says QC

‘Dirty gold’ was proceeds of crime, says QC

| 05/12/2019

(CNS): James Hines QC said $6 million worth of ‘dirty gold’ transferred through the Cayman Islands by a group of Venezuelan nationals earlier this year derived from a crime that has not been identified. But opening the crown’s case against five defendants accused of money laundering and conspiracy to conceal criminal property, Hines told the […]

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Gold smuggling trial beset with delays

Gold smuggling trial beset with delays

| 02/12/2019

(CNS): After a week of closed door legal hearings, the trial of five men in a gold smuggling case was due to get underway this week. While the crown was scheduled to open the case Monday, illness plagued the jury, which was empaneled last month and the trial was adjourned. The complex cross-border money laundering […]

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Broker charged in gold smuggling case

Broker charged in gold smuggling case

| 09/09/2019

(CNS): Kody Zander, the VP of the Cayman-based precious metals broker, Byzantium, which processed $6 million worth of gold that is believed to be the proceeds of criminal activity in Venezuela, has become the fifth person to be charged in a case which was busted here by the authorities in May. Zander is expected in […]

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More arrests, charges in gold smuggling case

More arrests, charges in gold smuggling case

| 01/08/2019

(CNS): Four Venezuelan nationals who are all implicated in a complex $6 million gold smuggling operation, which the UK’s National Crime Agency has said is linked to South American drug cartels, appeared in court this week for pre-trial hearings, facing more related charges. It was also revealed that another person, who is connected to the […]

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Gold smuggling case expands to US, Panama

Gold smuggling case expands to US, Panama

| 23/07/2019

(CNS): The ongoing gold smuggling investigation, which began in the Cayman Islands in May after officials found cash hidden in the floor panelling of a private aircraft, has expanded to include law enforcement authorities in the United States and Panama. The RCIPS and the Cayman Customs and Border Control (CBC) Agency was already working with […]

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Gold was drugs profit, say UK officials

Gold was drugs profit, say UK officials

| 21/07/2019

(CNS): The UK’s National Crime Agency has said the gold that passed through the Cayman Islands earlier this year is associated with a South American drug cartel. Four men have already been arrested and charged here in connection with the shipments and cash found hidden in a private aircraft that brought the gold to Cayman […]

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