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Arrests in major money-laundering ring by weekend - Bunting

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2013 | 12:00 AM

National Security Minister Peter Bunting has revealed that by the weekend, the Jamaican police will be making several arrests in a major money-laundering investigation.

Bunting's announcement during the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday came in response to questions about the series of simultaneous raids at premises in three parishes on Tuesday by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) Task Force and the Financial Investigation Division (FID).

Six persons, including a Kingston-based attorney, were taken into custody following raids in Kingston, Upper St Andrew, St Catherine and Manchester, but officials from MOCA and FID remained tight-lipped about the operations yesterday.

Bunting also sidestepped questions about the operations, telling reporters that MOCA had declared, since its inception, that it would be going after the facilitators of drug kingpins who might be in the public or private sectors.

He said the police have been resolute in tracking down the facilitators of major crimes whether they are professionals such as lawyers, doctors or accountants who facilitate money laundering or the concealment of assets for criminals.

"Some of the operations going on are in furtherance of the suspects. Within a couple of days, arrests will be made," the national security minister insisted.

Law-enforcement sources have revealed that the probe centres around a Jamaican man who has pleaded guilty to drugs, money-laundering and gunrunning charges in the United States and is to be sentenced in February next year.

However, head of FID Justin Felice has told The Gleaner he could not confirm that at this time.