Bahamians Picked Up In U.S. Fugitive Hunt
MIAMI (AP) _ Authorities in the Bahamas arrested a prominent Nassau attorney and seven other fugitives from U.S. justice in a crackdown that will help end the island nation’s reputation as a haven for drug traffickers, a U.S. official said Monday.
The weekend arrests were the culmination of a two-month project that involved high-level diplomatic contacts between the United States and the Bahamas, said Stanley Morris, director of the U.S. Marshals Service.
″This was the first coordinated fugitive effort of its kind,″ said Morris, adding that four other people were being sought. All of those arrested were seized on drug-related charges, he said.
More fugitive roundups that focus on other nations are planned, Morris said.
″Fugitives can run, but increasingly it’s more and more difficult to hide ... if safe havens are closed off,″ Morris said.
Among those arrested was F. Nigel Bowe, a wealthy attorney who was indicted five months ago in Miami on charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine.
The indictment alleges Bowe accepted $250,000 to act as a go-between for Colombian drug traffickers and narcotics distributors in the United States. If convicted, Bowe could be sentenced to life in prison and fined as much as $1 million.
Bowe, arrested Friday, was freed on $1 million bond Mondayafter appearing before Magistrate George Van Sertima in Nassau. He was told to return for an extradition hearing on Nov. 18.