Police reported that the operations were carried out between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Several business places were targeted during the raids.
Assistant Superintendent of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Victor Barrett, told Loop News that the illicit cigarette trade and breaches of intellectual property rights are of grave concern to C-TOC, as funds from the illegal activities are being channelled into various criminal networks.
Head of C-TOC, Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, also intimated that the illicit trade has a two-fold dimension. One is that the genuine brand holders are affected. The other is that the Government is losing revenue when the illicit goods are not passed through the legitimate channels of importation and distribution.