Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, is admitting that the police knew about the illegal petroleum racket in the parish.
The security forces cracked down on the operations last Friday.
He says the Police have established a permanent presence in Freeport, St. James where the illegal fuel racket was disrupted on Friday.
Some media reports have indicated that the operation where the fuel racket was disrupted was led by the Jamaica Defence Force, JDF. ACP Powell says that’s not accurate.
Yesterday, Security Consultant and former Assistant Commissioner, Mark Sheilds said at least two people have been assassinated by contract killers in the past four years for getting ‘too close’ to the multi-billion dollar petroleum stealing racket.
Mr. Shields says investigations by his security firm show that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, have been a part of the criminal enterprise. He also alleged that powerful people in the petroleum industry play leading roles in the multi-billion dollar white collar crime.
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