ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The two sons of businessman Dante Tagliaventi have been taken into custody as the Organisation of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) investigates his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
Sources said the brothers are assisting the law enforcement agency with the probe relating to offences that landed their father before a court in Puerto Rico last week.
Tagliaventi was reportedly nabbed in the Dominican Republic a week ago and immediately flown to Puerto Rico, where he and five male Puerto Rican co-accused were remanded to prison by a magistrate for offences relating to illegal shipment of about 4,000 kilos of cocaine.
The detention of the siblings came shortly after the ONCDP executed a search warrant at the elder son’s Gambles home yesterday morning and another warrant at Tagliaventi’s jewellery and leather shop Luxury Brands in Heritage Quay around noon yesterday.
The search at Tagliaventi’s shop was also done by the ONDCP and in the presence of one of his sons.
As the operation was being executed, OBSERVER Media visited the Heritage Quay business place but was barred from taking photographs since the officers reportedly work undercover.
Head of the ONDCP Colonel Edward Croft declined to divulge details of the operation but confirmed the body is probing the matter.
“We are still conducting investigations and once it is appropriate to say anything we will. The ONDCP is pursuing the appropriate courses of action it thinks are required based on information available to the unit,” the colonel said.
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