MONTEGO BAY — Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay Michael Troupe and his People’s National Party colleague Sylvan Reid were among five people taken into custody yesterday during pre-dawn raids carried out by members of the Lottery Scam Task Force.
Troupe, 56, who is also the PNP councillor for the Granville Division in St. James, was led from his Granville residence in handcuffs following one of the raids which began simultaneously about 5:00 am. He was accompanied by one of his sons who was at the house at the time of the police operation.
Another son of the deputy mayor was also taken into custody, allegedly in connection with the lottery scam, after the police raided his Rosedale Estate home.
Reid, who was elected councillor for the Salt Spring division in the March local government elections, was reportedly picked up by the police at his Cornwall Courts home in the city.
It was not clear at what point the fifth person was held.
Meanwhile, the police said an illegal 9mm pistol, with a magazine loaded with five live rounds; more than US$10,000 and J$380,000 were allegedly found during the raid at the deputy mayor’s home in a room occupied by one of his sons, who has since claimed responsibility for the firearm. The son is expected to be charged with illegal possession of firearm.
The US currency, the police alleged, was discovered concealed in the cut-out section of a textbook, while the Jamaican money was found stashed inside a seemingly defective computer.
Two motor vehicles, including a 2008 Toyota Crown, were also seized from Troupe’s premises by the police. (Observer)