83.9 F
Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesCOLOMBIA COPS ARREST V.I. MAN ON DRUG CHARGE

COLOMBIA COPS ARREST V.I. MAN ON DRUG CHARGE

James Spencer Springette, 38, of St. Thomas, has been arrested by agents of the Colombian security agency, DAS, in Medellin, Colombia, on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.
Springette was picked up on a U.S. government request, according to an Associated Press report.
DAS described Springette as an expert in mapping Caribbean routes used by cocaine traffickers.
He was living in a three-floor penthouse apartment with gold bathroom fixtures, costly oil paintings and a steel-reinforced front door, according to the AP report.
His passport showed 24 trips in and out of Colombia in the last four years, most of them to and from the United States via Panama, according to police.
He was captured carrying a Florida driver's license in the name of one of eight aliases he used, the AP story said.
A Drug Enforcement Agency official in St. Croix said Springette was the same person identified in an August 1997 court document as a "major trafficker in the illegal drug trade" and one of 12 people sought in a major drug investigation known as "RAIN," the Daily News reported Thursday.
Springette also organized a shipment of 1,260 kilograms (2,772 pounds) of cocaine through Tortola, the Daily News story said. That shipment ended in a shootout June 6, 1996, between police and several suspects.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
James Spencer Springette, 38, of St. Thomas, has been arrested by agents of the Colombian security agency, DAS, in Medellin, Colombia, on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.
Springette was picked up on a U.S. government request, according to an Associated Press report.
DAS described Springette as an expert in mapping Caribbean routes used by cocaine traffickers.
He was living in a three-floor penthouse apartment with gold bathroom fixtures, costly oil paintings and a steel-reinforced front door, according to the AP report.
His passport showed 24 trips in and out of Colombia in the last four years, most of them to and from the United States via Panama, according to police.
He was captured carrying a Florida driver's license in the name of one of eight aliases he used, the AP story said.
A Drug Enforcement Agency official in St. Croix said Springette was the same person identified in an August 1997 court document as a "major trafficker in the illegal drug trade" and one of 12 people sought in a major drug investigation known as "RAIN," the Daily News reported Thursday.
Springette also organized a shipment of 1,260 kilograms (2,772 pounds) of cocaine through Tortola, the Daily News story said. That shipment ended in a shootout June 6, 1996, between police and several suspects.