24 Suspected Criminals Remain in SOE Custody

Twenty-four persons who were arrested in operations in St. James on the weekend remain in police custody on suspicion of being involved in crimes committed in Area One.

Area one consists of Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and Trelawny.

According to detectives, some of the individuals are suspects in cases of shooting with intent and breaches of lottery scamming laws.

In a statement last night, police say arrangements are being made for others to face an identification parade. It says they’re suspects in cases of murder, shooting with intent and robbery with aggravation.

Ninety-two persons were detained in the operations which began on Friday, January 26 and ended on Sunday. The other 68 persons have since been processed and released.

Meanwhile, investigators have also disclosed that to date, nine persons who were arrested in previous operations, have been charged for various offences.

Yesterday the Criminal Investigation Branch, CIB, disclosed that six suspected criminals have been charged. Among them are two men who’ve been charged for a petroleum racket. Another three are among the new list. They are Billy Myrie, a 41-year-old fisherman, who’s been charged with murder.

The other two are 43-year-old labourer Kirk Russell, and Dwain Panton. They were charged jointly for robbery with aggravation after they were positively identified on an identification parade.


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