Alleged Blackman Gang leader charged
Syranno Baines, Gleaner Writer
The Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) is reporting another dent in the criminal underworld with the arrest and charge of Andre Bryan otherwise called Blackman, the reputed leader of the Blackman Gang.
The Blackman Gang is a breakaway of the notorious Spanish Town-based Clansman Gang.
At a press conference Tuesday, C-TOC head Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey said Bryan, his girlfriend, his brother and his mother have been charged under the anti-gang legislation.
1) Andre Bryan, 33 - charged with leading a criminal organisation and attempting to recruit an adult to a criminal organisation.
2) Millicent Brown, 53, (Bryan's mother) - charged with being a part of a criminal organisation by facilitating the commission of a serious offence and obtaining a benefit from a criminal organisation.
3) Kevaughn Green, 25, (Bryan's brother) - charged with being a part of a criminal organisation by facilitating the commission of a serious crime.
4) Alicia Brown, 27, (Bryan's girlfriend) - charges with providing a benefit to a criminal organisation.
ACP Bailey said Bryan and his relatives were held on March 4 during an operation at a house they rented in Upper St Andrew.
He said investigations revealed that they were paying a monthly rental charge of US$1,500 (J$190,000).
The C-TOC head said the following day, two cronies of the alleged gang leader Davion Edwards otherwise called 'Lizard' and Boswell Rhoden otherwise called 'Stefan' were arrested and charged with being a part of a criminal organisation.
He said all six remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in court on Friday.