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Mastermind, cronies in extortion racket identified

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 11:17 AM

The acting police commissioner, Novelette Grant, says the mastermind and other members of the criminal network behind the extortion letters being circulated to business operators in Clarendon and Manchester have been identified.

Grant says the police will spare no effort to bring them to justice.

The Gleaner/Power106 news centre has obtained a copy of the letter, which warns that business operators who try to resist or refuse to pay as much as J$100,000 per month, will be killed along with their families and employees.

Yesterday, the police also revealed that two men were apprehended in Manchester in a BMW motor car with 15 copies of the letter.

Investigators say the men are being interrogated and will be charged with multiple criminal offences.

In the meantime, the acting police ‎chief has instructed Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers, who heads the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) Division, to deploy all available assets to assist the probe.

The police say a hotline number has also been established at CTOC to receive calls from business operators or anyone who has received the letters or telephone calls demanding extortion money.

The number is 967-1389.

The police say calls can also be made Crime Stop at 311 or 1-800-CORRUPT.