Friday 30 October, 2020

Serious crimes dragnet bags more than 30 suspects across the island

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The Police High Command has announced that it has stepped up its investigations against persons believed to be behind some major criminal activities, plus other crimes, across the island.

The police said in its latest initiative, they have apprehended more than 30 persons, several of whom were wanted or are persons of interest.

The police say in the latest drive they have made arrests in every geographical police areas across the country over recent months.

The latest initiative has been led by the Criminal Investigation (CIB) Headquarters and operationalised by detectives.

The strategic arrests included:

In Area One:

The James police conducted operations in areas of Bessie Baker district, Chester Castle, Paradise and Norwood in St. James where;

• A man was arrested for rape

• A person of interest was taken into custody for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act 2013.​

• A man was taken into custody for reasonable suspicion of harbouring a fugitive

• Two men were taken into custody for reasonable suspicion of human trafficking and possession of access device.

 In Area Two:

• The St Mary police arrested a man in relation to murder.

• Three men who were listed as wanted for the offences of shop breaking and larceny and possession and dealing in ganja, were arrested at Woodstock Housing Scheme in Portland. Ten bench warrants were also executed and five persons arrested for breaches of the Road Traffic Act.

In Area Three:

• A female was arrested in Manchester on a bench warrant for the offence of larceny as a servant. A male was also arrested on an affiliation warrant in the sum of $226,000 for affiliation or child maintenance, in George’s Valley in the parish.

• In Rum Lane, Chatteau, Clarendon, a man was detained as a suspect in a murder case in The Bahamas.

• The St Elizabeth police arrested a man on suspicion of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years. Two men were also arrested as persons of interest in relation to robberies.

In Area Four:

• The Kingston Western police arrested one person who was listed as being wanted for the offence of burglary and assault at common-law, at Penn Street, Admiral Town in the parish.  Three Persons of interest in relation to other major crimes were also detained.

• Four persons of interest were arrested in Franklyn Town in relation to robberies, by the Kingston Eastern police.

• In St Andrew Central, a man who was wanted for murder, was taken into custody along with two persons of interest. Three persons were also detained in connection with the seizure of an M16 magazine containing ten 5.56mm cartridges.

• An Uzi submachine gun and thirteen 9mm cartridges were seized by the St Andrew South police following a fatal shooting in the Kingston 13 area.

In Area Five:

• A man who was listed as a person of interest in relation to robbery and three counts of rape, was arrested in Treadways district in St Catherine. Another man was also arrested in Linstead by the St Catherine North police for possession and dealing in cocaine.

 The police have withheld the identities of the persons referred to above, who are now in custody.

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