KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday March 31, 2016 – A police officer was among seven people, wanted on lottery scamming charges in the United States, who were arrested on extradition warrants in Jamaica yesterday.
The constable and the other six were among a total of 19 people who were taken into custody by officers attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), in the early morning multi-parish operation.
Around 3 a.m., members of C-TOC and MOCA, along with international partners and local law enforcement entities, carried out simultaneous operations in Trelawny, St. James, Kingston and St. Andrew.
Extradition warrants were executed on the police officer and four other men, as well as two women. Approximately J$1.8 million (US$14,808) in cash, a motor vehicle, several electronic devices and lottery scamming paraphernalia were also seized.
The C-TOC-led operation was assisted by members of the Mobile Reserve, the Financial Investigation Division, the Fugitive Apprehension Team and several US agencies – the United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS/ICE) and US Marshall Service.
Commenting after the operation, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of C-TOC, Devon Watkis said police would “not sit idly by and let criminals run amok”.
“These operations are fully supported by local and international agencies and we will be relentless in detecting and prosecuting persons found in breach of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions)(Special Provisions) Act, persons who commit firearm offences and financial crimes,” he said.
Acting Inspector in charge of the US Postal Inspection Service in the Miami Division, Delaney De-Leon Colon, said he was thankful for the cooperation between Jamaica and the US on the matter.
“These arrests are a testament to the strong partnership between the United States and the Jamaican Government. We will continue to work together to combat this fraud,” he said.