Police detain illegal currency traders in Ocho Rios
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:
The St Ann police this afternoon detained several men who are alleged to illegally trade in foreign currency in the resort town of Ocho Rios.
Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force swooped down on an area on Main Street, next to the Ocho Rios Craft Market - a known foreign exchange trading spot - and detained the men for questioning.
A sign was also placed at the location advising persons to exchange their foreign currencies at the bank.
Assistant Superintendent of Police in charge of Ocho Rios, Throyville Haughton, said people engaged in illegal currency trading are at risk for serious and violent crimes.
Just last month one of several foreign exchange dealers in Ocho Rios was shot dead by a man who later escaped in a waiting motorcar.
However, Haughton said the crackdown was not necessarily as a result of that incident.
He said the police have always been concerned about the activity and having done the necessary background work it was time to proceed further.
Haughton declined to say how many persons were detained adding that as the investigations proceed, it would be determined if any is charged.
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