Operation Intercept Violent Fugitive Task Force

August 16, 2017 Crime , North America , Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , OTHER



Ricardo Swire


Improved international intelligence sharing and law enforcement cooperation have resulted with better Caribbean internal security criminal interdiction capability. A two year operation, subtly conducted by Barbadian and American law enforcers, resulted in the capture of Hainsley Browne, a wanted Barbadian white collar criminal hiding in South Carolina. On Friday August 5, 2017 Operation Intercept Violent Fugitive Task Force members arrested the Barbadian outlaw in Fairfield County.

The combined Operation, coordinated by America’s Marshal Service (USMS), involved US Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office in concert with Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) detectives. USMS is the oldest federal law enforcement agency and reports to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DSS represents the Department of State (DOS). Representative Special Agents double as Foreign Service members and federal law enforcement agents.

One regional security intelligence report advised that while on Barbados the local white-collar criminal, with a noted history of fraud infractions, masterminded an identity theft telephone racket that defrauded Barbadian senior citizens of Bds$130,000 or US$65,000. RBPF detectives also probe rape, assault and theft charges against the conman. In 2016 shared RBPF intelligence alerted American counterparts of the fugitive’s arrival in South Carolina.

After entering US jurisdiction the conman attempted to replicate similar financial trickery. According to USMC data the Barbadian used multiple aliases that included the nickname “Barbados.” Multi-national inter-agency investigators discovered the fraudster masqueraded with two different identities. Prior to arrest the American law enforcement element publicly circulated his current photograph and personal details, in South Carolina’s press and media with a request for information.

The Barbadian felon was intercepted shortly after. He faces US District Court before deportation to Barbados. RBPF and other Barbadian internal security elements cooperate with the US in diverse ways, especially the drugs fight and transnational crime. In 1996 Barbados and America signed a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT). The formal document represented an updated extradition agreement that includes conspiracy and organized crime. RBPF officers also qualify for America’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP).





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Ricardo Swire

Ricardo Swire is the Principal Consultant at R-L-H Security Consultants & Business Support Services and writes on a number of important issues.

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