–          Extortion and kidnapping

Noelita Lawrence – Staff Reporter

When the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime and Investigation Branch (CTOC) carried out an operation to nab three men allegedly involved in a kidnapping and extortion case, during which they demanded two million dollars for a kidnapped teen, the JCF’s image took a significant tumble when the men turned out to be police officers.

The three constables, attached to the Westmoreland Police Division, remained in custody up to press time, following their arrests on Sunday.

Information reaching the Western Mirror are that about 10 p.m., last Saturday, the accused policemen were carrying out an operation along the Water Works main road in the parish, when they signaled a minibus to stop, following a which a search was conducted.

Further details reveal that during the search, a 15-year-old teen was found to be in possession of an illegal firearm, and was subsequently apprehended by the officers.

According to CTOC, the three policemen held the teen for just about 10 hours, then called his parents, demanding the ransom figure of $2-million for his release.

The three were subsequently held by their colleagues.

More details to follow.


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