Venezuelan and two locals charged with money laundering

A Venezuelan and two locals have been arrested and charged for the offence of money laundering.

The Venezuelan, Adonys Alejandro Sencler Ruiz, was arrested along with Ernie Zilta of La Ressource, Vieux Fort and Gaspard St Hilaire of Desruisseaux, Micoud.

The three men were arrested and charged by police officers attached to the Financial Intelligence Authority.

The sum of 287, 700 Euros and $US 10, 000 in cash was found in their possession on Sunday, October 2, 2016 in the South of the Island.

The Financial Intelligence Authority has said that the trio is being held in custody pending an appearance before a Magistrate for a bail hearing.


  1. Anonymous
    October 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

    What do they do with all these monies after the people have been charged?

  2. Anonymous
    October 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Now the challenge will be to prove that this was “dirty money.” The defense attorneys are lining up to defend their potential clients with the hope of getting paid from the clean 25 percent of the laundered money!
    Remember how the money laundering charges were dropped in the Lambirds case?

  3. Anonymous
    October 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    No bail. Let them say how they get it and what did they do to get it …..stop that bailing business the crooked lawyers will want 50Percent.from that money just to let them go. Puplisise their photos. Stop hiding their identity. Come on saint Lucia wake up.

  4. Calvin
    October 9, 2016 at 6:04 am

    They were pulled over on the highway near Dennery in a pick-up truck.

    Little doubt that they were most likely on their way too the casino in Rodney Bay to wash it through there.

    Moving money like that out of the island to elsewhere offshore is hard to do, but it is easy to get it to SLU. It’s difficult because most air/land/sea ports of entry to North America and Europe have drug-sniffing dogs. Cash is doubly dangerous because not only are dogs trained to sniff for it, but also a high percentage of larger denominations have residues of coke on them, nevermind cash being heavy and easily picked off by x-ray machines.

    Past comments are also right — the bottom-feeding lawyers may not bank large on this. The amount interdicted was, in the big picture of what is believed to be happening, chump change. The three accused were likely simply low-level foot shoulders and the bust tossed to the authorities for them to get a nice reportable story that makes them look good and keeps them off the backs of the medium level people in the organization that are quarterbacking the movement of the big money, not this bit of chump change.