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Jeffrey Epstein's Private Caribbean Island Swarmed By FBI Agents

Jeffrey Epstein's Private Caribbean Island Swarmed By FBI Agents

Following his suicide in jail, FBI agents have raided Jeffrey Epstein's private island in the Caribbean.

Little St James, which Epstein bought in 1998, was seen swarming with FBI, who were searching his island investigating the supposed sex trafficking ring that he was part of.

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Federal agents were seen searching the island in golf carts at around 10.30am.

Little St James - Epstein's private island. Credit: PA
Little St James - Epstein's private island. Credit: PA

Speaking to NBC, Kelly Quinn, owner of Salty Dog Day Sails, said: "We were just trying to look at pretty fish and swim with turtles and here we are in the middle of an FBI raid."

"This has been something on our radar for years," Quinn added. "We're all really curious why it's happening now."

The company run a regular sailing charter in the area and got close enough to the island to take photos of the agents embarking on their search.

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The search was initiated by the Epstein task force, which is led by the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment, but according to reports, 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 didn't end up happening.

Epstein is said to have committed suicide in his cell in Lower Manhattan, according to ABC news, who have cited three law enforcement officials.

He was discovered at at 07:30 local time (11:30 GMT) on Saturday at the New York jail and was reportedly seen being taken in an ambulance to New York Downtown Hospital shortly after.

The billionaire was facing federal charges of molesting teenage girls, but had pleaded not guilty to Epstein had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was being held without bail.

He had previously been moved to a suicide-watch unit after being found unconscious in his cell with marks on his neck on July 23.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Epstein, who was once friends with Donald Trump, who flew on his private jet in 1997, had been accused of paying girls under the age of 18 to perform sex acts at his mansions in Manhattan and Florida.

President Donald Trump has retweeted conspiracy theories linking the Clintons with the death of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Another tweet indicated that Bill Clinton regularly visited Epstein's 'paedophilia island'.

A Clinton spokesman responded to the President's retweets, suggesting the 25th Amendment should be utilised to remove him from office.

The tweet read: "Ridiculous, and of course not true - and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?"

After Epstein was arrested last month, Bill Clinton issued a statement in which he denied having ever visited the billionaire's Caribbean island.

Featured Image Credit: Salty Dog Day Sails

Topics: US News

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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