Documents, computers, money seized
Adrian Frater, News Editor
Western Bureau:Several persons were arrested and money and documents seized yesterday during a major operation carried out by personnel from the Major Organised Crime Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) and the Financial Investigation Division (FID) in three upscale Montego Bay communities.
"We can't provide you with all the details at this time as the men will have to be questioned in the presence of their lawyers," said MOCA's information officer, Inspector Dahlia Garrick. "Nonetheless, based on the evidence we have seized, persons will be arrested and charged."
In the operation, which was primarily aimed at persons involved in financial crimes, several persons from Bogue Village, who were caught with items suspected to be used for the lottery scam, were taken into custody.
"This operation had nothing to do with the lottery scam, but we came across persons with evidence to suggest their involvement in scamming so they were taken into custody," Garrick stated. "I am expecting that they, too, will be charged."
In the operation, which started at daybreak, the joint MOCA and FID team visited homes in Ironshore, Porto Bello, and at Bogue Village.
In Ironshore, where a three-storey luxury house was searched, a businessman was taken out in handcuffs as family members looked on. Documents and laptop computers were among the items taken from the house. While the man was being taken away, his white pet poodle followed him to the police car, pining away at his feet.
At the Porto Bello location, where another three-storey luxury house and several cars were searched, one man was taken out in handcuffs. He was subsequently taken to his rent-a-car business place in Bogue Village, which was searched and more documents seized.
At Bogue Village, a luxury-type home was searched and several men believed to be players in the lottery scam were among those taken into custody.