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Five alleged gangsters, scammers arrested

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Five men suspected to be members of the ‘Ambition Gang’ of Llandilo, Westmoreland, and major players in the illicit lottery scam are now behind bars awaiting charges.

They were arrested on Halcot Crescent, St Andrew yesterday during a multi-agency operation comprising local law enforcement officers and representatives of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).‎

The police say the men will be interviewed in the presence of their lawyers before they are charged.

The police say yesterday, they intercepted a grey BMW motorcar, that was seen leaving a house on Halcot Avenue with three men aboard. 

According to the police, during a search of the house, two other men were detained and several lottery scamming paraphernalia seized.

They included: o‎ne lead sheet containing the credit details of people leaving overseas, ‎a book with the personal information of foreigners,‎ 10 cellular phones and one la‎p top computer.

The police say they also found J$298,480 and‎ US $601.‎

The BMW and a Toyota Corolla motorcar were also seized.‎

The police say they continue to work alongside their international partners to reduce lottery scamming and related crimes. 

They are warning suspects that they will be prosecuted and could face extradition.

Anyone with information on suspected lottery scammers is being asked to contact the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch at 967-1369, the Major Organised Crime and Anti Corruption Agency's  24-hour toll free number at 1-800-corrupt, Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the nearest Police Station.‎