The Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch, CTOC, says it has broken the back of a major criminal organization in the island.
The JCF says it has arrested 25 members of the gang. Among those arrested is a Detective Corporal of Police. Also arrested are the reputed leader of the gang, 27-year-old Uchence Wilson and three women.
At a media briefing Monday afternoon, the police revealed that the Uchence or Terrence-led gang has approximately 40 members.
Head of CTOC, Assistant Commissioner, Fitz Bailey, says the Uchence gang has created what he calls ‘wide-scale havoc’ across the island.
ACP Bailey says CTOC has been investigating the Uchence gang since May this year. He says the gang was targetted after it was involved in a series of robberies in St. Ann.
He says 25 of the members, including a rank and file member of the police force– have been arrested and are to be charged.
ACP Bailey says the gang was highly-organized and used systematic divisions of labour to carry out their criminal activities.
He says they’ve murdered a number of people, raped women and children and carried out a number of robberies.
ACP Bailey says several of the vehicles stolen by the gang were scrapped and sold on the car parts market. He says two employees of a business that facilitated the gang’s activities, have also been taken into custody.