Jamaica Crime News, Montego Bay: Our news team has been informed that, the two police Constables who are attached to the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay, St James, and who were taken into custody by detectives attached to the Major Organized Crime Unit on Thursday, June 14, on charges of Breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, have now been placed under house arrest at the Freeport Barracks until further investigations.
We were also informed that, a Police Corporal who is alleged to be part of the corruption scheme and who fled the scene leaving behind the Patrol vehicle which was under his supervision, still has not turned himself over to the police.
The identities of the accused cops are also still being withheld pending further investigations.
Reports are that earlier this week, the two Constables and the Corporal drove to a store which is operated by Chinese nationals and located at the intersection of Corinaldi Avenue and Hart Street, where they allegedly informed the operator that they discovered irregularities at the establishment which is a breach of the law. The cops also allegedly demanded money from the Chinese owners as payment against them being prosecuted.
It is further alleged that, a sum of the money was paid over to the three police officers and arrangements made to pay the remainder at a later date. The operator then made enquires to determine if the officers were acting within the law and later decided to make an official report to the police.
An official report was then made to MOCA and a sting operation set up to nab the alleged corrupt cops. On Thursday, the accused police officers drove back to the Chinese store with an expectation to collect the remainder of the money, but upon reaching the store they were accosted by plainclothes officer attached to MOCA.
The two Constables were taken into custody while the Police Corporal upon seeing what was taking place, jumped from the service vehicle and fled the scene on foot. He is still being sought.
By Henry Bucknor