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Security forces seize more than $2.5m cash in St James operation

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 11:57 AM

Members of the security forces operating in Montego Bay under the current State of Emergency yesterday seized more than J$1.4 million and more than US$8,400 cash during an operation targeting persons involved in the illegal lottery scam and other illicit activities. 

One woman was arrested in connection with the seizure that took place at a house in the Bottom Pen community at approximately 11 a.m. yesterday.

According to Major Basil Jarrett, civil military cooperation and media affairs officer of the Jamaica Defence Force, a joint military/police team was conducting search operations in a number of communities across Montego Bay. 

The team went to a house in Bottom Pen, and asked the sole occupant if she had anything to declare, to which she replied in the negative. 

The house was subsequently searched in her presence and the cash found hidden between pages of several books and in a cupboard. 

Jarrett said the woman could not give a satisfactory account for the money or its origins and as a result, the cash, two cell phones and a tablet computer were seized. 

She was then taken to the Freeport Police Station for further questioning.