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November 18, 2005

Beach Bar raid

Okay - this is not factual reporting, but second and third hand rumor (that is what the Coco-Tel is for, no?). A raid did happen - was it IRS, FBI, DEA - I don't think we know that for sure. Here is some of what the Coconut Telegraph has heard (if you can add to this please do some in the comments or send me an email) - some of this has been redacted:

The IRS, FBI and possibly DEA raided the Beach Bar early AM with about 25 assorted officers from PR along with a big helicopter (also from Homeland Sec. in PR).

The owner is:

a) upstairs in his wharfside apt throughout
b) arrested and carried away
c) fled in his boat and being looked for

depending on who you talk to.

The Beach Bar just opened for biz and the bartender upon opening said
"First round is on me!"

Files, records and computers were all seized and carried
away in the copter which landed in the national park
ball field across from Mongoose Junction. One entire copter load was boxes of evidence. Second trip to pick up officers. Copter has being buzzing all over town since 7 AM.

and...

..the paper says IRS. Never heard of the IRS sweeping in with guns and helicopters. Heard the owners took off the night before.. ... (a friend) was sitting outside (St. Thomas dining spot) the night before and overheard a guy on the phone telling someone they need to leave by boat right away as the FBI was coming for them the next morning. The person told them to go to JVD and a boat would be there waiting for them and they should go to Cuba...

Posted by afinta at November 18, 2005 12:23 PM

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