CaribWorldNews, MORRISTOWN, NJ, Thurs. June 4, 2009: Charges of money laundering were on Wednesday dismissed against the husband of a Bermudan politician and two other men.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the charges against Dennis Pamplin, 59, of New Rochelle, N.Y., Mark Small, 31, of Elmont, N.Y., and Ronald Ellis, 29, of Deltona, Fl., after the trio forfeited the $110,745 that was seized during their arrest in Chatham on Aug. 28, 2007.
Pamplin is the husband of Patricia J. Gordon-Pamplin, deputy leader of the United Bermuda Party, the opposition party in the British island territory, and a Member of Parliament there.
Prosecutors, however, informed the trio that although the criminal charges would be dismissed, they still would pursue a civil trial to have the seized funds forfeited.
Meanwhile, drug charges filed last year in federal court in Manhattan against Pamplin are pending. In that case, Pamplin and another man were arrested July 15 in a warehouse in West Orange, where agents seized 700 pounds of marijuana. Federal authorities accuse Pamplin of being a big-time exporter of a drug-trafficking ring that was a major supplier of marijuana to Bermuda.