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August 10, 2022
Sophia Grant stands at the entrance of what remains of her house, which was among several destroyed by fire at Smith Lane and James Street in Central Kingston on Monday morning.
Sophia Grant stands at the entrance of what remains of her house, which was among several destroyed by fire at Smith Lane and James Street in Central Kingston on Monday morning.

Nearly $2 billion in illegal drugs seized

Some $1.5 billion worth of cocaine and ganja valued in the region of $320.4 million were seized by the Narcotics Division in 2021.

The revelation is contained in the Planning Institute of Jamaica's Economic and Social Survey of Jamaica report.

The report said that the Narcotics Division carried out 1,516 operations and seized 32,038.4 kilogrammes of marijuana during the period. The seizure was 22.8 per cent less than the 41,519.6kg seized in 2020. Some 1,220.6kg of cocaine was seized. This was 242 per cent more than the 356.9kg seized in 2020.

A total of 302 persons were arrested, of whom 287 were Jamaicans and 15 foreign nationals. Of those arrested, 195 were for marijuana and 90 persons for cocaine possession. Two persons were arrested for possession of ecstasy tablets and 15 for other breaches.

Some 125 cases were brought before the courts, of which 115 resulted in conviction and 10 acquittals. Nearly 200 hectares of marijuana were destroyed.


Teen charged for brother's murder

A 16-year-old girl has been charged for the murder of her elder brother.

The teen, who is of a Clarendon address, is accused of killing 23-year-old Lenardo Cole at their home in May Pen on August 5.

Reports from the May Pen Criminal Investigations Branch are that about 9:30 a.m., the accused and her sister had a dispute when Cole intervened. The dispute escalated and the teenage girl used a knife to stab Cole in his upper body. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The accused was interviewed in the presence of her attorney, after which she was charged on Monday.


Linstead man facing wounding rap

A warehouse attendant who allegedly inflicted several stab wounds on another man in his community of Redwood district, Linstead, St Catherine, has been charged with wounding with intent.

He has been identified as 49-year-old Ricardo Facey.

According to police reports, about 10 a.m. on July 4, Facey was among a group of men when a dispute developed, which subsequently escalated. Facey allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed the complainant several times. The police were summoned and the complainant transported to hospital where he was admitted.

Facey was subsequently charged following a question-and-answer session, which was attended by his attorney-at-law. A date for his appearance in court has not yet been finalised.


Firearm holder in hot water

A licensed firearm holder, who allegedly pointed his firearm in a woman's face and threatened to kill her, has found himself in trouble with the law.

The man, Richard Woo, a customer service manager of Bogue Village, St James, has been charged with assault at common law, unlawful wounding, and illegal possession of a firearm.

Reports from the Montego Bay police are that about 4 p.m. on Independence Day, the complainant and another woman got into an argument and began throwing stones at each other. Woo, 44, allegedly got involved, and reportedly pushed the complainant to the ground. The Corporate Communications Unit of the police force said that Woo pointed his gun at the woman and threatened to kill her.

The police were informed and an investigation launched. He subsequently turned himself in to the police in the presence of his attorney. He was charged following a question- and-answer interview.

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