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Man held with $4m cash in car previously arrested on cocaine charges

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 2:27 AM

The Police Narcotics Division says no criminal charges have been filed against the Clarendon man who was held on Monday with over $4 million in cash.

Yesterday, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force reported that 46-year-old labourer, Warren McLean, was arrested and charged with breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

According to CCU, McLean was arrested after cash amounting to $4.2 million was found in a black plastic bag behind the driver’s seat of the motor car he was driving when he was stopped along the Mineral Heights main road.

However, speaking to The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre last evening, the head of the Narcotics Police said McLean was not charged with any offence because the police are still investigating the source of the cash.

He says McLean told the police how he obtained the cash, but this account was quickly disproved by investigators.

As a result, SSP Sutherland says the police, along with the Financial Investigations Division, will take steps to have the cash and the motor car forfeited to the State.

Background checks by the police have revealed that McLean was arrested and charged nearly three years ago with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export cocaine.

The police report that he was held with one kilogram of cocaine in the same motor car he was driving when he was arrested on Monday.

The police say he was allowed to use the vehicle under court-ordered conditions and is scheduled to reappear before the St Catherine Parish Court on March 13.