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BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, May 03, 2014    

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THE St Catherine South Police are on high alert as they continue to receive threats while executing their duties aimed at returning law and order to the division.

The police made the revelation yesterday following an operation in Portmore, St Catherine, which saw them removing murals of incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel from walls in the Waterford community.

"For the past month, police in divisions across the island have been on alert as the police high command has raised the threat levels to extreme," Senior Superintendent of policeNoel Christie, head of the St Catherine South Police, told the Jamaica Observer.

According to SSP Christie, the division has been on high alert since Kartel's March 13 murder conviction for his role in the disappearance of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, will serve 35 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. The entertainer's three associates -- Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John -- were also found guilty.

"After the conviction, police have received a number of threats and, at one point, we were told that the station in the division would be attacked," he said.

SSP Christie said the recent shooting death of another man, believed to be an "influential person" in the Portmore community, was another reason why authorities remained on the lookout.

The police said as a precautionary measure, all personnel islandwide were being advised to note the warnings and take proactive and preventative measures as it relates to activities in their respective divisions.

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