BVI: 72-year-old confesses to smuggling 21 immigrants

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BVI: 72-year-old confesses to smuggling 21 immigrants
Carwill Potter (centre, left) and Luc Eloi (centre, right).
Carwill Potter (centre, left) and Luc Eloi (centre, right).

(BVI NEWS) – A 72-year-old man has confessed to captaining a vessel that was used to smuggle 21 illegal immigrants into the British Virgin Islands last year.

Charged with illegal entry, and smuggling migrants is BVI native, Carwill Potter.

He pleaded guilty when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Friday.

“I did it to raise a few dollars and I get bust so I asking you to be lenient,” Potter told the magistrate.

What happened

It is reported that on August 12 last year, Anguillan authorities held and deported Potter who was wanted by BVI authorities.

Following his deportation to the BVI, local law enforcers kept him in custody on suspicion of the aforementioned offences.

The court heard that Potter subsequently participated in an identification parade.

During the ID parade, the illegal immigrants positively identified him as the boat captain who smuggled them on the island of Virgin Gorda last April.

He was subsequently charged.

The 72-year-old will be sentenced on April 20.

Meanwhile, another man of is also before the court in connection with the offence.

He has been identified Luc Eloi of Haiti. The Haitian is accused of being the co-captain in the smuggling operation.

However, he denied the accusations when he first appeared in court last year.

Eloi will go to trial when he returns to court in April.

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