Baines replaced in British Virgin Islands corruption probe

A police corruption probe in the British Virgin Islands is proceeding under new leadership following the departure of Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Service announced Monday that Anguilla Police Commissioner Paul Morrison will be taking over the corruption investigation, known as Operation Lucan, following the “retirement” of Mr. Baines.

Outside police commissioners are being called in to oversee the BVI probe due to the nature of the allegations.

In April, three BVI officers appeared in court. The allegation against them, generally, is that they stole drugs and money from criminal suspects they arrested or detained.

The three men, identified as Pamphill Prevost, Simon Power and Shawn Henry, are facing 19 charges altogether. The charges include three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, nine counts of theft, four counts of possessing or using the proceeds of criminal conduct, two counts of drug possession with intent to supply, and one count of transferring proceeds of criminal conduct.