Jeffrey Epstein shipped a shredder from the U.S. Virgin Islands to his Palm Beach home in July 2008, shortly after reaching a non-prosecution agreement with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, maritime records show. Then, in March of this year, shortly after a Florida federal judge invalidated that agreement, Epstein shipped a tile and carpet extractor from the Virgin Islands to his Manhattan townhouse, the records show.

Epstein, a billionaire financier, was arrested in New Jersey last Saturday on charges of running a sex trafficking ring that involved luring underage girls to his New York and Florida residences, and taking them on global flights on his airplane, dubbed the “Lolita Express.” Epstein was first accused of abusing underage girls, some of them as young as 14, more than a decade ago, and he evaded prosecution potentially due to his high-profile connections.

A key challenge investigators faced when first targeting Epstein in the mid-2000s was an inability to obtain evidence through subpoena. A 2005 search of Epstein’s Palm Beach home came up empty in its quest for computers that investigators suspected contained critical evidence connected to his alleged sexual abuse of young girls.

In 2007, a federal grand jury subpoenaed the computers. That August, Acosta, who is now Donald Trump’s labor secretary, entered into plea agreement discussions with Epstein. Because of those talks, a motion to compel production of Epstein’s computers was delayed, according to the Miami Herald. Epstein held out, however, resisting the deal because it would require him to register as a sex offender. The FBI continued investigating and in March 2008, according to the Miami Herald, preparations were being made to take the case to a new federal grand jury.

That would prove unnecessary, as Epstein agreed to a deal with Acosta. Without notifying the 32 identified victims, the federal government reached a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein in exchange for his guilty plea in state court to a minor offense. He pleaded guilty on June 30.

On July 7, 2008, federal prosecutors told Epstein’s attorneys via email that they intended to notify the 32 victims about the agreement. Epstein’s lawyers and the prosecutors debated how much of the agreement to reveal, settling on a less than full accounting.

A week later, on July 15, Epstein received a shipment at his Palm Beach home from the port in the U.S. Virgin Islands closest to his home there, according to maritime shipping records compiled by ImportGenius and provided to The Intercept. The shipment was a 53-pound shredder.

For the next decade, Epstein’s legal troubles appeared to be behind him. Then, in November 2018, the Miami Herald published a new investigation into Epstein’s alleged child sex trafficking ring, which prompted federal investigators to take a new look at the case. However, the agreement not to prosecute first had to be invalidated. That came on February 21, when a Florida federal judge ruled that Acosta’s office had violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by keeping the women in the dark.

On March 11, 2019, Epstein got a new shipment from the port in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This time, it was sent to his New York townhouse, and it’s listed in maritime records as a tile and carpet extractor that weighed 191 pounds.

William George, an analyst with Import Genius who found the details of the shipments in the company’s database, noted that both shipments could, of course, be entirely unrelated to the alleged crimes and the prosecutions. Indeed, many people own shredders or tile and carpet extractors do not run child sex trafficking rings to service the global elite. Still, the timing could require an explanation from Epstein. He is currently in jail awaiting trial and unavailable for comment. His legal representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

Update: July 24, 2019
Courtesy of Import Genius, below is a fuller list of items shipped to and from Epstein’s island, including a Carmix self-loading concrete mixer.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION CONSIGNEE ARRIVAL DATE GROSS WEIGHT (LB) FOREIGN PORT US PORT
Landscape light led solar garden lights LSJE, LLC 7/5/2019 1071 Xiamen Miami, Florida
Quad ski on trailer EBL WATERCRAFT 4/22/2019 2594 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
MAX ATV ZORRO MANAGEMENT 3/19/2019 1597 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Tile/carpet extractor NES, LLC 3/11/2019 191 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Seating cushions/silk carpets ZORRO MANAGEMENT 3/11/2019 1602 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used tools ABSOLUTE HARDWOOD FLOORING INC 1/2/2019 2015 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Self-loading mixer carmix LSJE, LLC 11/7/2018 30690 Genoa Miami, Florida
Furnitures LSJE, LLC 10/12/2018 2695 Hong Kong Miami, Florida
Outdoor chair LSJE, LLC – ST. THOMAS 8/23/2018 1527 Hong Kong Miami, Florida
Used tools ABSOLUTE HARDWOOD FLOORING INC 7/10/2018 2402 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
90 packages of sofa, 10 packages of dinning tables, 10 packages of dinning chairs LSJE, LLC 5/26/2018 5214 Yantian Miami, Florida
Outdoor furniture LSJE, LLC 5/16/2018 3124 Yantian Miami, Florida
Outdoor furniture LSJE, LLC – ST. THOMAS 11/2/2017 4618 Pusan Miami, Florida
Inflatable boat parts BANASIAK, JANUSZ 9/20/2016 367 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Marine cengine core DIESEL SPECIALISTS LLC 7/27/2015 19958 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Speakers NES, LLC 7/13/2015 579 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Furniture and handricraft LSJE, LLC 5/4/2014 14560 Caucedo San Juan International Airport, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Boat on trailer CARLOS RODRIGUEZ/LSJE, LLC 4/14/2014 8000 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas San Juan, Puerto Rico
Used f22 hammer HBS-HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERVICES 12/16/2013 3909 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Dental unit ROY HODGES-LSJE-LITTLE ST.JAMES 9/9/2013 550 Yantian New York, New York
Used movie screen BANASIAK, JANUSZ 6/2/2013 398 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
2010 SMRT BANASIAK, JANUSZ 4/29/2013 1848 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
3 cases furnitures BRICE GORDON LSJ LLC 1/17/2013 1760 Le Havre Miami, Florida
3 outboard engines, 2 chair engines VISOSKI LARRY 5/14/2012 7984 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Personal effects KERNEY, MIKE 11/7/2011 506 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Erosion protectionused tools and fabric EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 7/5/2011 1855 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used tools EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 4/11/2011 350 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used tools EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 1/31/2011 968 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used engine EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 10/4/2010 4107 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Boat windows EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 8/23/2010 321 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used boat engines EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 7/19/2010 9979 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Truck gear box CONCRETE MIXER SUPPLY 3/22/2010 955 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Electric motor from heavy equipment AFFORDABLE AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT 3/1/2010 108 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used table saw, hammer drill, shopvacuum ABSOLUTE HARDWOOD FLOORING INC 3/1/2010 719 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Personal effects ROYSTON, CURTIS 7/27/2009 1866 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Personal effects CALLOWAY,LANCE 1/19/2009 1841 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Furniture, DVD player, Projector, Dive float EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 8/26/2008 19958 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
New shredder EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 7/15/2008 53 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used lull motor mount EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 7/7/2008 24 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used heavy equipment parts EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 7/7/2008 711 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Used truck parts EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 7/7/2008 343 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
New washers EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 7/7/2008 1038 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
Univ. Protal jaw crusher CONTROLLED DEMOLITION & RECYCLING 7/3/2008 40000 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas San Juan, Puerto Rico
Used sub woofer, Speakers and Fuel injection EPSTEIN, JEFFREY 3/10/2008 634 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas West Palm Beach, Florida
1985 midnight express boat with trailer vin MIDNIGHT EXPRESS POWERBOATS 2/17/2007 10000 Saint Thomas, St. Thomas Port Everglades, Florida

Data: Sourced from the comprehensive maritime trade database maintained by Import Genius.

Ryan Grim is the author of the newly released book, “We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement.”