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Criminals using toll road to elude police

Kimmo Matthews

Monday, February 17, 2014    

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POLICE say they have received intelligence that last Tuesday's seizure of more than 400 pounds of marijuana in Lakes Pen, St Catherine, has triggered a deadly reaction among members of a criminal gang, who had organised to transport the illegal substance into Kingston.

"Reports we are receiving are that person(s) may have been killed following the seizure, but at this time we are still investigating to verify if there is any truth to the information," Inspector Leroy Christie of the Ferry Police Station said, a day after police seized the weed with a street value of close to $5m.

"At about 7:00 am police patrolling the Lakes Pen main road saw a vehicle travelling along the road with several large bags," one cop told the Jamaica Observer.

Police say their suspicions were further aroused when they were greeted by the strong scent of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

According to the police, the driver ignored an order to stop and when the car was eventually cornered, he fled leaving the vehicle behind.

The law enforcers say they have stepped up their search for the driver of the vehicle.

Police say since the bust they have received intelligence that suggest that criminals seeking to transport drugs across some sections of the Corporate Area and St Catherine have come under increased pressure as a result of several intensified operations on the roads, especially the

Toll Road.

"Police have found that criminals in an attempt to elude police have been attempting to use the Toll Roads believing they will be able to transport illegal items without detection," one police officer said.

The increased presence of the police is said to have pushed many criminals to levels of desperation.

"Evidence of this was seen following the seizure of the marijuana on Tuesday," said Christie.

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