Five Jamaican cops arrested for corruption

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday May 8, 2015 – Five police officers have been arrested on suspicion of corruption and larceny.

A statement issued yesterday by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency said a civilian was also held.

It is alleged that on April 22, 2015, the policemen found and seized a boat, which sailed into Jamaican waters from Costa Rica and was believed to be used in the illegal drug trade, and sought to get money from the owner.

“They . . . corruptly solicited a large sum of money from its owner to return the boat and not proffer any charges. A report was made to MOCA and the investigation conducted led to the policemen being taken into custody,” the statement said.

The officers’ names are being withheld pending a series of interviews and identification parades, MOCA said.

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