BUREAU of Immigration (BI) agents arrested a Briton wanted by federal authorities in the US where he operated a lucrative business in manufacturing, importing and exporting marijuana.
Immigration Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison disclosed that Gypsy Nirvana, 53, is now detained at the BI detention center in Bicutan, Taguig City following his arrest last Aug. 27 at the Subic freeport in Olongapo by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit.
Mison said he issued the mission order for Nirvana’s arrest after the US
Embassy informed him that the Briton was issued a warrant by a US district court in Maine where he was indicted on multiple counts of narcotics trafficking and money laundering charges.
The BI chief described the Briton as a high profile fugitive, adding that a team of US Marshals is expected to fetch him in Manila after the BI Board of Commissioners issues the order for his summary deportation.
Mison added that there will be no letup in the BI’s campaign to catch foreign fugitives who are hiding in the country to evade prosecution for their crimes.
He added that for several years the suspect profited hugely from his UK-based a marijuana seed auction business, which catered mostly to American customers who transacted with him either via the Internet or by mail and money wire transfers.
The racket was reportedly uncovered only after several informants, who were Nirvana’s former associates, tipped the US authorities about his activities.
It was learned that on July 11, 2011 customs agents at the Boston Logan International Airport in Maine intercepted a UK-bound shipment of marijuana seeds that were allegedly purchased by Nirvana.
The incident resulted in raids by DEA agents on several marijuana plantations in Maine and the arrest of suspects who exposed and detailed the extent of the Briton’s marijuana business.
Nirvana was later indicted for “conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana; conspiracy to import marijuana; and conspiracy; and conspiracy to export marijuana from the US to England.