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Massive Millsborough raid

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Officers remove two desktop computers from the premises at Millsborough Avenue in St Andrew yesterday. - Photos by Gladstone Taylor/Photographer
Officers congregate at a section of the premises. - Photos by Gladstone Taylor/Photographer
Les Green arrives during a police search at a residence along Millsborough Avenue in St Andrew yesterday.

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer

Police and military personnel yesterday evening conducted a massive raid at a swanky Millsborough Avenue address at which a major player in the fishing industry is believed to live.

Security personnel on the scene said the address was 22 Millsborough Avenue but provided no further details and had no comments for the media.

Yesterday's search, carried out by the Major Investigation Task (MIT) Force, drew on the expertise of Jamaica Defence Force personnel, who were inside the compound with the large detachment of police.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green arrived at the scene at 4:55 p.m. and entered the compound without speaking to journalists. He would leave 55 minutes later, without commenting to the media. Instead, he referred journalists to a statement he said had been released by the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN).

However, at the time, no statement had yet been put out by the CCN.

Just prior to Green's arrival, a team of five officers in plainclothes emerged from the house with two computer towers, one laptop and a large brown envelope. They drove away in an unmarked vehicle which was parked at the scene during the raid.

Police officials were seen in conversation with a tall, dark man, who was dressed in a light-blue plaid shirt with blue jeans. He talked for several minutes on a cellphone, all the time hiding behind one of several palm trees located on the compound, while officers remained inside the house.

At 6:25 p.m., a Hiace bus emerged from the compound with several passengers, including a man with a piece of paper covering his face.

The police personnel left the premises without addressing journalists.

In the meantime, Karl Angell, director of communications for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, released a statement yesterday indicating that the police had arrested a man in connection with the murder of businessman Roderick 'Bunny' Francis, who was murdered on June 26 last year.

Angell said the man, who was not identified, would be interviewed today.

Francis, 63, was shot and killed at his home, on Queensway off Hope Road in St Andrew last June by men in a waiting motor vehicle. Police theorised that Francis may have been the target of a contract killing.

Up to the time of his death, Francis was managing director of B&D Trawling Limited, a major exporter of conch.

In early July last year, detectives from MIT charged two people for Francis' murder.