He was responding to questions posed during a virtual press conference on Sunday, January 16, following the recent apprehension of two persons allegedly linked to the assassination of the late Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse.
“The fact that our intelligence led us to apprehending them suggests that it is not really a safe place for people to flee, because we will find them if they come here,” he said.
The Commissioner noted that while Jamaica is not “unique” to the illegal entry of foreigners, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been working to increase border security.
“Of course, we are not unique in that regard as a country; people will be able to slip in if they have enough money. We know we have a drug for guns trade that plies between Haiti and Jamaica,” he said.
“There are persons who have families on both sides, because that trade has been going [on] for some time. We also have other directions and vectors where persons enter Jamaica’s water and space. I know the Jamaica Defence Force has been doing a lot to stop this and prevent it, but one or two will come in. But, if they do get in, our intelligence largely will point us in the direction of where they are, so we will be able to apprehend them,” he said.
During the press conference, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) for southern Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland.
The security measure, which will be in place for 60 days, includes Russia, Dalling Street and Dexter Street.
Personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the JDF have been deployed to the areas.