Cops Nab Major Scammer

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Police say they’ve arrested a major player in the illicit lottery scam, who was wanted for extradition to the United States.

He is 27-year-old of Lavarick Willocks of Tortuga Drive, Greenwood in Trelawny who has been wanted for extradition since March.

He was taken into custody following a joint operation by the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) and Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on Saturday.

He was captured a hotel in Kingston where he was found hiding in a garden.

Police say the searched his hotel room and found USD$10,000, JMD$148,000, several electronics devices and jewelry, all of which was seized.

Police say a Panamanian woman who tried to help him to escape the police dragnet was also taken into custody for immigration and other violations.

She is 23-year-old Aylin Panay.

Earlier this year, a major operation was conducted across Western Jamaica, the Corporate Area and St. Mary to capture Willocks and his associates.

Nineteen persons were taken into custody, including seven who were wanted for extradition warrants.

However, police say Willocks managed to elude them and has been on the run since.

Willocks is to appear before the court tomorrow.

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