Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: Our news team has learnt that, the seventeen (17) alleged gang members who were dragged before the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on Wednesday, May 16, to answer to criminal charges were all remanded into custody.
All 17 accused which includes thirteen (13) men and four (4 )women, are said to be members of the Dexta Middle East Gang which operates out of Savanna-la-mar in the parish of Westmoreland.
They were all charged under the Anti-Legislation Act and were remanded into custody to return to court on June 27th.
Head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Unit (C-TOC), Fitz Bailey, have reported that in November of 2017, the police seized a container containing 19 illegal firearms and over 4000 rounds of ammunition at the Terminal in Kingston.
According to Bailey, following investigations carried out by members of The Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Unit (C-TOC), it was discovered that the illegal weapons were destined for the parish of Westmoreland and were to be distributed among gang members in the Dexta Gang.
The police say the gang comprises of 34 members who have all been linked to 17 murders and 27 cases of shootings in the year 2017. Also in 2018, they have been linked to 22 murders and several shooting incidents.
On Friday, May 4th, C-TOC carried out an operation in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, where the 17 gang members were apprehended and criminal charges laid against them.
Shadane Patrick Robinson, otherwise called “Gorgon” is said to be the leader of the Dexta Middle East Gang and he is presently still at large and on the run.
By Henry Bucknor