77 wanted persons nabbed in Portland

Observer staff reporter

Monday, December 17, 2018

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SEVENTY-SEVEN individuals who were wanted in other parishes for murder and other serious crimes were nabbed in Portland between January and August of this year.

The individuals were detained during a number of operations carried out in the parish that has reported 14 murders since the start of the year.

Commanding Officer for the Portland Police division Superintendent Dwayne Wellington told the Jamaica Observer that the discovery was made after the men were detained and processed.

Wellington said the men were handed over to the divisions where they were wanted. However, he was unable to say whether or not the Zones of Special Operations that were declared in Denham Town, Kingston and Mount Salem in St James last year, or the States of Public Emergency forced the criminals to migrate to Portland.

According to the superintendent, at least four of the murders committed throughout the parish originated elsewhere.

He also stated that one of the four men was from Westmoreland.

“We have had incidents where persons from other parishes are killed in Portland. In other words, what led to their demise started elsewhere,” he added.

Noting that Portland residents were instrumental in the apprehension of the men, the superintendent said the partnership between the residents and the police has been great.

“What I get in Portland I haven't got that type of support elsewhere,” he said as he noted that he has been operating as commander since January 31.

“Crime is not only a police problem alone, so once we continue to work we can achieve more and we can overcome the obstacles,” he added.

Portland is highly regarded as one of the safest parishes. However, the year began on a bloody start with the killing of Denton McKenzie at Mount Olive on January 6.

The murders stepped up a notch the following month when Kerone Dixon and Kemala Denton were killed in Port Antonio on March 1 and 28 respectively.

Between April and July the parish recorded two murders per month. Omar Davis and Lloyd Chambers were killed on March 6, and 7 respectively. Returning residents Alford and Florence Anderson were killed at Mount Pleasant in June. Kimberly Baugh and Ryan Sinclair were killed on July 1st and 30th respectively. In August there was a decrease in murders, but Miguel Osbourne was shot and killed in Forty Acres district on the 16th.

On September 9, Ryan Brown was killed on Nelson Street in Buff Bay. A month later, Stacy-Ann Wellington was murdered at Olivier Housing scheme on October 14th.

Less than a week into November, George Wright was killed in Drapers. Nineteen days later the body of 29-year-old bartender and nail technician Samantha Napier of Hendon district in St James was found in a river at the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, with multiple stab wounds.

Napier's body was found by two police officers who were conducting beat duty at the marina about 2:45 am.

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