CMC: ROAD TOWN – British Virgin Islands (BVI) Governor John Rankin has urged citizens to remain calm following the arrest of Premier Andrew Fahie in the United States on conspiracy to import cocaine and money laundering charges.

Rankin said that he would indicate the next steps forward on “this urgent issue” today.

In the meantime, Deputy Premier Natalio Wheatley, who had been acting as premier of the British Overseas Territory in the absence of Fahie – who was in Miami to attend Seatrade Cruise Global, the largest cruise industry gathering in the world – will continue to do so.

“I realise this will be shocking news for people in the territory, and I would call for calm at this time,” Rankin said in a statement yesterday after Fahie and BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Oleanvine Maynard were detained by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents at a Miami airport.