The Jamaica Constabulary Force is claiming that it has dismantled another criminal gang.
Thirty-three members of the so-called One Don gang, based in the St Catherine North police division, were arrested during an operation three weeks ago.
Twenty-four of those arrested are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. The other nine alleged members are awaiting an ID parade.
The offences for which the first 24 have been charged are “facilitating a serious criminal offence”; “conspiracy to commit murder”; and “being part of a criminal organization,” according to acting Deputy Commissioner Fitz Bailey, who is in charge of the crime portfolio.
ACP Bailey explained at a media briefing on Wednesday morning that the gang has been linked to more than 30 murders in the St Catherine North division and has raked in more than $57 million annually through extortion in the division. But the gang has also been operating in other parishes, he noted.
“There’s another 30 members that have not yet been apprehended, and we are still in pursuit of those persons, and we strongly believe that, once they are held, they will be charged and placed before the court,” he said.
ACP Bailey said the alleged leader of the gang, Andre Bryan, otherwise called Blackman, has been arrested.