As Nigel Farage, a prominent member of Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party, was preparing for his flight back to Britain, one of his closest aides was grabbed and arrested by the FBI. The aide in question, George Cottrell, had been under investigation from the FBI since 2014 for offering to launder money for deepweb drug traffickers.
The arrest came as a surprise to Mr. Farage who had traveled to the United States for a Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As they met with U.S. Senators and appeared for TV interviews, it turns out that the FBI was also at the convention, monitoring Cottrell. Farage claims to have known nothing of his aide’s illegal activities and was forced to return to Britain without him. He was allegedly given no information by the five FBI agents who carried out the arrest.
Cottrell is being held in the United States and is facing 21 charges related to money laundering, fraud, blackmail and extortion, according to a 2014 indictment.
The 22-year-old was offering money laundering services on the deepweb when undercover agents, posing as drug dealers, contacted him regarding his services. The court documents reveal that Cottrell was advertising to launder their