Twenty-four persons who were arrested in operations conducted in St. James on the weekend remain in Police custody on suspicion of being involved in various crimes committed in Area One.

According to detectives, some of the individuals are suspects in cases of shooting with intent and breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provision) Act. In addition, arrangements are being made for others to face an identification parade; they are suspects in cases of murder, shooting with intent and robbery with aggravation.

Ninety-two persons were detained in the operations, which began on Friday, January 26 and ended on Sunday, January 28. The other 68 persons have since been processed and released.

Investigators have also disclosed that to date, nine persons who were arrested in previous operations, have been charged for various offences.

They are:

  1. Owen Waite, otherwise called ‘Oraine’, 19, of Green Dot, Flanker in St. James. He was charged with three counts of wounding with intent.
  2. Twenty-two-year-old Kasheem Lewis, otherwise called ‘Borderline’. He was charged for two counts of murder.
  3. Donald Reid, a 46-year-old taxi-operator, was charged for rape and buggery.
  4. Kirk Russell, a 43-year-old labourer and Dwain Panton were charged jointly for robbery with aggravation after they were positively identified on an identification parade.
  5. Billy Myrie, a 41-year-old fisherman, was charged for murder. He was also pointed out on an identification parade.
  6. Forty-nine-year-old Staiton Clarke and Norman Daley, 59, were both charged for breaches of the Petroleum Act.
  7. A male child was also charged for murder. His name is being withheld because of his age.

“The security forces appreciate the support of the public and continue to implore all law- abiding citizens to join in the effort to take back St. James from criminals,” said Inspector Dian Bartley.

According to Inspector Bartley, “We are committed to upholding the human rights of all persons taken into custody and will preserve the human dignity of all prisoners. The Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force will hold its operatives accountable at all times during the execution of our sworn duties.”

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