Four Jamaicans who entered US aboard boat have criminal traces in islandMonday, June 21, 2021
Four of seven Jamaicans who illegally entered the United States aboard a boat which crashed into a sea wall in Pompano Beach, Florida last Thursday have been linked to criminal activities in Jamaica.
This was revealed Sunday morning by the Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson during a Jamaica House press conference.
Anderson said local law enforcement authorities are in talks with their US counterparts to exchange additional information on the illegal migrants.
“We have been working with our international partners in this and have found criminal traces for four of the seven so far and only a couple of weeks before that, we know that another person who is wanted in Jamaica tried to enter the United States in a similar way but was found and sent back to us,” Anderson disclosed.
Last Thursday, US authorities rounded up 14 migrants, several of whom tried to flee after the vessel they were in made contact with the sea wall. Apart from the seven Jamaicans, there were reportedly migrants from Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic. At least two children were among the migrants.
One man, who told reporters that he was fleeing crime in Jamaica while he was being led away in handcuffs, has since been identified as a former east Kingston don, Deon Clarke, more popularly called 'Boobie Skeng'.
"There's killing going on there. We want a better life. No life is in Jamaica right now,” Clarke said.
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