Wednesday 17 July, 2019

Cops place more pressure on Kings Valley Gang, seven 'members' charged

Detectives assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigations Branch (CTOC) say they have charged seven members of the Westmoreland based Kings Valley Gang for breaches of the Criminal Justice Suppression of Criminal Organizations (CJSCOA) and Firearms Act.

The men, who were held earlier this year during a joint Police/Military operation in Westmoreland, were interviewed and faced identification parades in the presence of their attorneys before being formally charged on Friday, November 02.

They are Romaro McKenniso 20, otherwise called ‘Ratty’ or ‘Bud Pickney’, charged with being part of a criminal organization, facilitating the commission of various offences by a criminal organization, illegal possession of firearm and murder.

Derval Williams, otherwise called ‘Lukie’ or ‘Flex’, a 29-year-old resident of Kings Valley, he was also charged with being part of a criminal organization, facilitating the commission of various offences by a criminal organization and conspiracy to murder.

 Christon Grant, 25, otherwise called ‘Bobby’ or ‘Echoy’, of Peggy Barry charged with being part of a criminal organization, facilitating the commission of various offences by a criminal organization and conspiracy to murder.

 Hopeton Sankey, 32, otherwise called ‘Leadda’ or ‘Bigga’, of Kings Valley, charged with being part of a criminal organization.

Ricky Hall, 51, otherwise called ‘Bad Wata’ of Peggy Barry, charged with being part of a criminal organization, facilitating the commission of various offences by a criminal organization and knowingly providing a benefit to a criminal organization

Carlington Godfrey, 31, otherwise called ‘Tommy’, charged with being part of a criminal organization, facilitating the commission of various offences by a criminal organization, and

Twenty-one-year-old Lindell Powell, otherwise called ‘Lazarus’, charged with being part of a criminal organization and participating in the commission of various offences by a criminal organization.

The accused men are scheduled to appear in the Home Circuit Court on Thursday, November 08.

Police say the Westmoreland-based gang has been linked to several murders, extortion and robberies in the parish.

The gang is also involved in the lottery scam, the police said

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of CTOC, said the gang operates solely in Westmoreland, however, it could be linked to other criminal networks. 

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