Miss AL: trump has a serious problem staying away from low lifes Nigel Farage's aide arrested in FBI sting 'offering to launder cash for drug bosses' A TOP aide of UKIP flag bearer Nigel Farage could face years in an American prison after allegedly being caught in an FBI sting. George Cottrell was handcuffed and taken away by US police as he disembarked a plane with the former UKIP boss in Chicago. The 22-year-old, who runs Mr Farage’s private office, has been charged with 21 offences including attempted extortion, money laundering and fraud on the dark web and is currently awaiting trial. He stands accused of offering to launder money for drug traffickers after advertising his services on the secretive section of the internet, which is popular with hackers, paedophiles and terrorists as it allows users to remain untraceable by hiding the location of the users’ computer. Cottrell, whose former glamour model mother Fiona Cottrell reportedly used to date Prince Charles, was caught out after allegedly offering his services to undercover FBI agents posing as drug traffickers. He was arrested last month as he was returning from the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, with Mr Farage. US court documents allege Cottrell was offering money laundering services on the dark web using the alias ‘Bill’. Undercover FBI agents contacted him in 2014 and Cottrell offered to launder their cash for a fee in return for “complete anonymity and security” via his offshore accounts, according to the court papers. He allegedly met with the agents in Las Vegas where he offered his services for a fee of £15,500, the documents allege. Cottrell then reportedly attempted to blackmail what he thought were druglords to the tune of £62,000 in the form of online currency Bitcoin, claiming he would go to the authorities if they refused to pay. But the court documents claim he had a “serious, years-long gambling problem, which inherently suggests a strong possibility of irrational risk taking”. US officers believed Cottrell posed “a serious flight risk” and have therefore remanded him in custody.