MONTEGO BAY – A female Westmoreland teacher and two of her sons were among 53 persons taken into custody during operations by members of the Anti Lottery Scam Task Force and other law enforcement officers during a massive three-day operation in western Jamaica on the weekend.
During the operations, the police seized $4 million, US$14,000 in cash, 15 motor vehicles, one 9mm Browning pistol containing 13 9mm cartridges, and quantity of vegetable matter suspected to be ganja, among other items.
Sergeant Camille Tracy, communication officer of task force, said of the 53 persons 24 are expected to be slapped with charges ranging from breaches of the Firearms Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Dangerous Drugs Act.
She told the Jamaica Observer that the started on Friday in St James, and included members of Mobile Reserve, Area One Fraud Squad, Island Special Constabulary Force, Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force, Anti Corruption Branch, Jamaica Defence Force, and Customs Contraband Enforcement Team.
The operations spread to the parish of Westmoreland on Saturday, where the educator, her sons, and 15 others taken into custody. Nine of the persons detained in Westmoreland are expected to be charged with breaches of Dangerous Drugs Act and four with breaches of Proceeds of Crime Act.
They are linked with the seizure of $3.5 million, six motor vehicles, several documents, including lead lists, computers, cellular phones, magic jacks, and SIM cards.
The operations in Westmoreland were carried out in the communities of Farm Pen, Llandillo, Seaton Crescent, Savanna-la-Mar, and Nordush.
Meanwhile, during Sunday’s operations – conducted in the St James communities of Porto Bello and Belmont – a total of 10 persons were taken into custody in connection with the seizures of US$6,000, over $500,000, five motor vehicles, several documents, lead lists, laptop computers, cellular phones, television sets, magic jacks, and SIM cards.