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New details emerged from the FBI raid that led to the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, accused of caring for young girls on behalf of her former partner, convicted pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The 58-year-old British heiress is scheduled to appear in New York court this week to face four charges of aiding and abetting Epstein in the trafficking and sexual exploitation and abuse of minors, and two counts of perjury, who could see her imprisoned for 35 years.
Ms. Maxwell is currently detained in New Hampshire, where more than 20 armed FBI agents and police raided her isolated 156-acre hiding place – named Tucked Away – on Thursday morning.
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Spy planes allegedly monitored the property for four hours before the 8:20 am raid to ensure that the daughter of the late and controversial media mogul and MP Robert Maxwell was unable to flee.
Armed police officers allegedly broke down the front door of the building to find the former socialite “strangely” passive and overpowered while handcuffed, ending a “high-stakes cat and mouse game Which lasted the year after Epstein’s death. in a Manhattan prison cell and cost the FBI “millions of dollars,” according to an agent.
“They got it, then they lost it,” the officer said. Mail on Sunday. “She was in Colorado and Wyoming, and then they lost her until she showed up in New Hampshire. It was a high stakes cat and mouse game.
“They had to put together a file and put it before a grand jury. These things take time. It slipped once into the net, but as soon as the grand jury returned with an indictment ten days ago, it started. ”
Local police were not informed of the raid until Wednesday, when FBI agents have gathered in the area since Monday, the newspaper reported.
Speaking of the raid itself, the officer said, “We drove half a mile in a convoy of 15 vehicles. And let’s just say we didn’t knock on the door politely. It was destroyed.
“Maxwell was standing and dressed in the living room, wearing sweatpants and a top. Strangely, she didn’t seem to have much reaction. It was like she didn’t sign up with her. ”
At the start of their relationship, Ms. Maxwell was Epstein’s girlfriend, but later became her close and trusted friend, allegedly helping Epstein groom himself and procure wealthy elite girls.
The indictment against Ms. Maxwell, dismissed by a grand jury in Manhattan, said that she “helped, aided and abetted the abuse of underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein by helping, among other things, Epstein to recruit , treat and ultimately mistreat the victims. that Maxwell and Epstein are under the age of 18. ”
He said some of the victims were as young as 14, with abuse ranging from “at least in 1994” to around 1997, adding: “In some cases, Ms. Maxwell was present and participated in the sexual abuse of minor victims. . ”
Ms. Maxwell has denied all allegations against her and intends to contend that she enjoys immunity under an earlier agreement Epstein entered into with prosecutors in Florida.
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