The US Embassy in Kingston is praising local law enforcement for the apprehension of a key lottery scamming figure, Lavrick Willocks.

Willocks was nabbed yesterday in a joint operation by the Major Organized Crime Anti-Corruption Agency and the Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team of the JCF.

Willocks is said to be a major suspect in a 14-person federal indictment in the US state of North Dakota, targeting lottery scammers.

Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy, Joshua Polacheck, says they’re looking forward to the speedy extradition of Willocks.

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Mr. Polacheck says the arrest is the culmination of many hours of investigation by U.S. and Jamaican law enforcement officers.

He’s calling for greater prosecution of scammers locally.

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Meanwhile, the police, along with US authorities, continue to hunt five co- conspirators of Willocks.

They’re: 23-year-old Mario Hines, 26 year-old Akil Gray, 34-year-old Gregory Gooden, 29-year-old Tristan Fisher, and 37-year-old Gareth Billings.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these persons is being asked to contact the JCF or the United States Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102.