James “Jimmy The Juice”
Springette was a big time baller, shot-caller and a playa with a passport.
Springette launched the ‘Island
Boys’ organization in 1991.
This criminal empire was responsible
for the importation of 1,000 kilos of cocaine imported into the United States
and the Virgin Islands on a bi-weekly basis.
Springette also operated in
Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, England, France and various Caribbean Islands.
Springette also headed a money
laundering operation that laundered over $100 million dollars per year in dirty
money. Clients included: Drug kingpins from every country, organized crime
figures and mob bosses.
With this type of success,
Springette became the first African-American to become a ‘made man’
in the Colombian mafia. He also became a high-level soldier with the most
powerful drug cartel in Colombia.
Springette held the distinction
of being atop the United States Customs Top 15 list, as well as the FBI’s
Top Ten list.
For relaxation, Springette
partied on yachts, always in the company of stunning women. He also had
a passion for exotic sports cars. He also attended lavish functions in palatial
His ‘Island Boys’
organization was responsible for two murders, shooting a police officer and
beating another police officer.
Two of the Island Boys were
arrested, while riding in a prison bus, Springette and various mob soldiers
hijacked the bus and freed the prisoners.
Springette arranged for the
$300,000 purchase of a cargo freighter that later was seized carrying 6,000
kilograms of cocaine.
In 1996, Springette was wanted
in the British Virgin Islands for allegedly attempting to kill a police officer.
When police tried to stop a vehicle carrying 2 tons of cocaine, Springette
and his men allegedly opened fire with automatic weapons, wounding officers.
In 1999, Springette was arrested
in Colombia pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant. While pending extradition,
Springette escaped custody from a prison in Bogota, Colombia.
On November 5, 2002 police
arrested Springette in a shopping mall in Venezuela. Springette tried
to escape custody but was quickly apprehended.
On Sept. 19, 2003, Springette
pleaded guilty to running a cocaine smuggling operation. He could face
10 or more years from the conspiracy charges alone.
A sentencing date has not