UPDATE: Cop among seven arrested on extradition warrants for lottery scamming
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
A policeman is among seven people who were today arrested on extradition warrants in relation to lottery scamming.
Twelve other people were also detained in a multi-agency operation in St James, Trelawny and Kingston but have since been processed and released.
The policeman was picked up in Kingston while the other detainees are from St Ann, Trelawny and St James – the hotbed of the infamous lottery scam.
The name, rank and assigned station of the cop are being withheld pending further investigations, the police said.
The operations were carried out by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), the Mobile Reserve, the Financial Investigation Division, the St James and Area One Police, external and international partners.
Head of C-TOC, Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis, said the operations were aimed specifically at putting a stop to the influence on the mainly western Jamaica-based lottery scam and its linkages in major crimes such as shootings and murders.
Over 200 police personnel were deployed across the four parishes during the two-day operations, which were centered in communities such as Bunkers Hill and Holland Estate in Trelawny and Greenwood, Lilliput and Bamboo Avenue in St James.
"These operations are continuing in pursuit of the pertinent individuals and having already accounted for over twenty locations, the proceeds from their illegal activities, illegal firearms and ammunition and other related criminal activities, we continue to go after them and their illicit activities," said ACP Watkis.