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US fugitive nabbed in Jamaica

Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 | 5:33 pm Comments 0
Jermaine Anthony Smith. – Contributed
Jermaine Anthony Smith. – Contributed

A man wanted by the Department of Homeland Security was nabbed during a joint operation by members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) and the Custom Department at a business establishment in Kingston yesterday.

The fugitive, 32-year-old Jermaine Anthony Smith otherwise known as Saquan Rasheed Heath, of Brooklyn, New York , is wanted for racketeering and organised crime.

He has since been charged locally with breaches of the Forgery Act.

In a release today, MOCA says a court in Las Vegas, Nevada, placed Smith under house arrest and affixed a tracking device on him.

He reportedly had the device removed and fled to Jamaica, in July 2013, where he has been in hiding since.

MOCA says on November 26, about 11:15 a.m., Smith visited a business institution in Kingston to do a transaction.

He allegedly tendered what appeared to be a forged United States passport with his photograph and bearing the name Saquan Rasheed Heath.

He was consequently arrested and charged by investigators from MOCA and is scheduled to appear in the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court tomorrow for the offences of forgery and uttering forged documents.

Based on investigations carried out by MOCA, Smith is also suspected to be involved in cybercrimes, racketeering and money laundering in multiple jurisdictions to include Europe, Asia, North and South America.

MOCA’s investigations have also revealed that since August he has laundered over JA$6M through local banks.

MOCA is working with the US Homeland Security Investigations and US Marshall Services office at the US Embassy in Kingston to address the issue of an active warrant for the apprehension of Smith.

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