133 persons arrested for farm theft
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier has reported that 133 persons have been arrested and charged for various offences by the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU).
These offences include possession of agricultural produce without a receipt, unlawful possession of property, butchering without a licence, and selling uninspected meat.
The minister informed that some 116 persons have been prosecuted and 17 cases are still before the courts.
Kellier, who was addressing a praedial larceny sensitisation seminar for members of the judiciary, held at the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in St Ann on Saturday, said in addition to the arrests and convictions, millions of dollars of livestock and produce have been recovered.
"Over 190 stolen animals and 19 boxes of bees have been recovered. The unit has also embarked on a public education campaign to engender awareness of the seriousness of praedial larceny and other farm theft," he said.
The PLPU is housed at the ministry, with the Jamaica Constabulary Force having responsibility for operational activities.