Crime & Investigation

Ex AFP Journalist Denied Entry In Rwanda After Drug Probe

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In his disparaging remarks on Twitter, in which he tagged the Rwandan leader’s handle, Terrill said denying him entry was “ridiculous and foolish.”

It has emerged that Terrill telephoned high ranking officials asking “whether the President is aware of my arrest.”

The freelancer was told he was not under arrest but had been denied entry in the wake of a US drug investigation and that he should return to wherever he came from.


Sources further said Terrill’s “unbecoming conduct” at the immigration wing has raised fears he is “seeking cheap popularity.”

Recently, Courant .com reported that Terrill had been arrested as part of a nine-month investigation into cocaine trafficking in Hartford, United States.

Below is part of the story as reported by Courant.

He was among 36 people apprehended on a variety of narcotics and firearms charges.

Dubbed “Operation Vinefield,” the joint federal and state investigation included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of crack cocaine, and physical surveillance of suspects.

One of the people arrested was freelance journalist Stephen Terrill, 39, of Glastonbury, who appeared in U.S. District Court Friday for a detention hearing. He will be released on a $100,000 bond and will be on home confinement.

During the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoff Stone gave some insight into how the investigation worked. Stone said that investigators monitoring the cellphone conversations of Jaeqwan Sheppard of Hartford on several occasions heard Terrill make arrangements to purchase “eight balls” of crack cocaine.

Stone said agents followed Sheppard out to Terrill’s South Glastonbury home to complete the purchases. Stone said there is no evidence that Terrill was distributing the narcotics elsewhere after the purchases, but rather purchased it for personal use.

U.S. Magistrate Donna Martinez agreed to allow Terrill out on a $100,000 bond, of which $50,000 of it will be cash provided by Robert McCarthy, who described himself as Terrill’s mentor in court.

McCarthy said that Terrill is a freelance journalist reporting on the genocide occurring in African countries such as Rwanda. Terrill has worked for several agencies including Agence France-Presse, the BBC and the Voice of America.

Terrill was arrested at Bradley International Airport by federal authorities as he was returning from his latest trip to Rwanda.

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