Owner of the Hotel Tower and suspected drug kingpin, Shervington Lovell aka “Big Head” has been extradited from Jamaica to the United States, according to well placed local law enforcement agents. The extradition took place this morning.
He was arrested in Jamaica back in October for suspected drug trafficking and money laundering.
Two other persons, a Surinamese and a Venezuelan,who were in his company when he was arrested, have also been extradited to the US to face charges and court hearings there.
Lovell’s arrest formed part of a major international drug enforcement operation that involved agents from Guyana, the United States, Jamaica, Suriname and the Netherlands.
According to Court documents, Lovell is facing a charge of allegedly conspiring with others to ship more than 1300 pounds of cocaine to The Netherlands in a drug trafficking operation that involved laundered money from South Africa and other countries.
US agents have said that the cocaine was found aboard a “stateless” vessel in international waters back in July. According to US agents in their indictment, the Guyanese hotel owner met with other suspected drug traffickers back in Guyana in June to plan the shipment. He also met with other drug traffickers in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he owns a house.
All of the time, he was being closely watched by US agents. Senior Security Officials in Guyana have told News Source that the arrest was long in the making and brought together the work of Guyana’s Customs Anti Narcotics Unit along with counterparts from across the region and internationally.
In addition to his arrest, the United States intends to seek forfeiture of his properties in Guyana and Jamaica, including at least two big hotels.
Lovelle is the owner of the Tower Suites Hotel in Georgetown and also owns a number of other hotels and entertainment spots in Berbice.
He is no stranger to local law enforcement.
Back in 2010, he was among a number of persons who were arrested and questioned about a series of execution murders that had rocked the country and were suspected to be drug related. He was later released in connection with that case.
Since then he has remained in the radar of local and international law enforcement agencies.