FBI agents today raided illusive financier Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, Little St. James, in the Caribbean in a “vivid display that the probe into his alleged sex trafficking ring is continuing despite his death.” (NBC)
According to a report from NBC News, corroborated by multiple reports following this developing story — A swarm of federal agents was seen fanning out across Little St. James in golf carts about 10:30 a.m.
“We were just trying to look at pretty fish and swim with turtles and here we are in the middle of an FBI raid,” said Kelly Quinn, the owner of Salty Dog Day Sails, who was running a sailing charter in the area.
“This has been something on our radar for years,” Quinn added. “We’re all really curious why it’s happening now.”
Two senior law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation confirmed that the FBI launched a search of Epstein’s private island home off the coast of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The search was directed by the Epstein task force led by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, the officials said.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
A law enforcement source said the search of Epstein’s home and private island in the U.S. Virgin islands was suggested years ago, but evidently went nowhere.
The raid was launched two days after Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. He was pronounced dead at a lower Manhattan hospital. Multiple law enforcement officials said Epstein appeared to have hanged himself, but his official cause of death is pending.
At least a dozen members of Customs and Border Protection and the FBI landed on Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous Little St. James — nicknamed “Pedophile Island” — in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday, two days after the accused child sex trafficker was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell in an apparent suicide.
Multiple news outlets captured video and photos of the agents landing at the island’s dock by boat, with some agents then getting into golf carts while other agents appeared to search the surrounding water in scuba gear.
“Yes, we’re on the island,” an FBI spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. “But we can’t provide any further detail unfortunately.”
Alleged victims of Epstein claim that the island was used to have sex with underage girls. Besides the island, Epstein owned a mansion in Manhattan, an estate in Palm Beach, a ranch in New Mexico, and an apartment in Florida.
The Bureau of Prisons said Saturday that Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell, but NYC’s medical examiner is still investigating the cause of death.
This morning, Barr said he was appalled to find out about Epstein’s death and said he was already “learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning” and that he had demanded “a thorough investigation.” Barr vowed that the probe into Epstein will continue and warned that Epstein’s co-conspirators “should not rest easy.”