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Police investigate land distribution in Dallas Mountain

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2016 | 2:00 AM
A section of land bought by 'Jones' in Dallas Mountain, St Andrew.

The Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch

(C-TOC) has launched an investigation into allegations of the illegal sale and distribution of government and privately-owned land in Dallas Mountain, Papine, St Andrew.

A report from the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU) last night indicated that the investigation follows reports that hundreds of persons have paid over monies towards the cutting of roads and cleaning plots of land allocated to them or to secure an interest in obtaining lots.

The Gleaner had reported on December 3 last year that lots were reportedly being sold for as low as $3,000 and as high as $25,000 to persons from all social classes, including teachers, police officers and soldiers, in a project being led by the Bedward Gardens Providence Society.

But Dr Morais Guy, minister without portfolio in the housing ministry, had indicated that the State has sanctioned no land-distribution programme in the area.

"Be advised that no authorisation was granted to anyone or institution to undertake such activity and any such action is a breach of the law," Senior Superintendent of Police Clifford Chambers said in the CCU release last night.

The police said they were appealing to persons who were allotted lots and/or have paid monies to secure lots to contact Detective Inspector Andrew Phinn at

C-TOC Fraud Squad by calling 948-5906 or 922-5587 or visiting the C-TOC office at 34 Duke Street, Kingston.