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ziplaw legal news: police cut down montego bay gangsters

TWO REPUTED gangsters of the feared Stone Crusher gang, based in Norwood, St. James, were fatally shot and a high-powered weapon seized during a confrontation with police in Montego Bay on Sunday night. Twenty-two-year-old Delano 'Bigga Crime' Williams and Roy McLennon, 20, both un-employed of Norwood, were killed during the incident, in which a police Toyota Hiace minibus was reportedly riddled with bullets. Williams, who was recently elevated to the top of the St. James police most wanted list, was the primary lieutenant in the Stone Crusher gang. UNDER INVESTIGATION "Williams was being investi-gated for more than 10 murders, including a triple murder and two double murders," said Superintendent Warren Clarke, commanding officer for the St. James police division. "We regard the apprehension of Bigga Crime as significant in the dismantling of the Stone Crusher gang as we continue to pursue members of the other gangs in the parish." Stone Crusher; Tight Pants Crew, operating from the Albion and North Gully areas; Killer Bees in Granville; and One Order, in Flankers, have been fingered as the four major criminal networks behind the upsurge of violence in the parish. Reports from Corporal Camille Tracey, Constabulary Communication Network officer for St. James, are that about 11:45 p.m., police were carrying out a special operation in Glendevon. Continue reading this article Author: Gleaner Reporter Source: Jamaica Gleaner

TWO REPUTED gangsters of the feared Stone Crusher gang, based in Norwood, St. James, were fatally shot and a high-powered weapon seized during a confrontation with police in Montego Bay on Sunday night.

Twenty-two-year-old Delano 'Bigga Crime' Williams and Roy McLennon, 20, both un-employed of Norwood, were killed during the incident, in which a police Toyota Hiace minibus was reportedly riddled with bullets.

Stone Crusher; Tight Pants Crew, operating from the Albion and North Gully areas; Killer Bees in Granville; and One Order, in Flankers, have been fingered as the four major criminal networks behind the upsurge of violence in the parish.

stone crusher gang members nabbed in hanover

FOUR persons, including a woman, who are believed to be members of the St James based Stone Crusher Gang, remain in police custody after they were dramatically nabbed on Friday by the Hanover police.The police also said they recovered a firearm believed to have been stolen from a policeman who was slain in Montego Bay in 2007.According to the police, the series of events leading to the capture began just after 2:00 pm Friday when the woman and three men chartered a taxi from the Green Island taxi stand in Hanover to Lances Bay, also in the parish.The taxi driver was allegedly held at gunpoint along the way by one of the male passengers, and forced to give up the car keys, while the other men robbed him of valuables.Three of his assailants, including the woman, then boarded a Honda motor car, which was parked at the location. The remaining male drove off in the captured taxi.However, the police were quickly alerted and were able to intercept the stolen motor car, arresting the driver in Lucea, Hanover. Shortly after, police personnel spotted the Honda motor car in Sandy Bay in the parish and attempted to intercept the vehicle. However, the driver escaped the dragnet and a chase ensued. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into a wall in the vicinity of Round Hill.The three were apprehended and taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before they were jailed.During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

The police also said they recovered a firearm believed to have been stolen from a policeman who was slain in Montego Bay in 2007.According to the police, the series of events leading to the capture began just after 2:00 pm Friday when the woman and three men chartered a taxi from the Green Island taxi stand in Hanover to Lances Bay, also in the parish.The taxi driver was allegedly held at gunpoint along the way by one of the male passengers, and forced to give up the car keys, while the other men robbed him of valuables.Three of his assailants, including the woman, then boarded a Honda motor car, which was parked at the location. The remaining male drove off in the captured taxi.However, the police were quickly alerted and were able to intercept the stolen motor car, arresting the driver in Lucea, Hanover. Shortly after, police personnel spotted the Honda motor car in Sandy Bay in the parish and attempted to intercept the vehicle. However, the driver escaped the dragnet and a chase ensued. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into a wall in the vicinity of Round Hill.The three were apprehended and taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before they were jailed.During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

According to the police, the series of events leading to the capture began just after 2:00 pm Friday when the woman and three men chartered a taxi from the Green Island taxi stand in Hanover to Lances Bay, also in the parish.The taxi driver was allegedly held at gunpoint along the way by one of the male passengers, and forced to give up the car keys, while the other men robbed him of valuables.Three of his assailants, including the woman, then boarded a Honda motor car, which was parked at the location. The remaining male drove off in the captured taxi.However, the police were quickly alerted and were able to intercept the stolen motor car, arresting the driver in Lucea, Hanover. Shortly after, police personnel spotted the Honda motor car in Sandy Bay in the parish and attempted to intercept the vehicle. However, the driver escaped the dragnet and a chase ensued. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into a wall in the vicinity of Round Hill.The three were apprehended and taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before they were jailed.During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

According to the police, the series of events leading to the capture began just after 2:00 pm Friday when the woman and three men chartered a taxi from the Green Island taxi stand in Hanover to Lances Bay, also in the parish.

The taxi driver was allegedly held at gunpoint along the way by one of the male passengers, and forced to give up the car keys, while the other men robbed him of valuables.Three of his assailants, including the woman, then boarded a Honda motor car, which was parked at the location. The remaining male drove off in the captured taxi.However, the police were quickly alerted and were able to intercept the stolen motor car, arresting the driver in Lucea, Hanover. Shortly after, police personnel spotted the Honda motor car in Sandy Bay in the parish and attempted to intercept the vehicle. However, the driver escaped the dragnet and a chase ensued. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into a wall in the vicinity of Round Hill.The three were apprehended and taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before they were jailed.During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

Three of his assailants, including the woman, then boarded a Honda motor car, which was parked at the location. The remaining male drove off in the captured taxi.However, the police were quickly alerted and were able to intercept the stolen motor car, arresting the driver in Lucea, Hanover. Shortly after, police personnel spotted the Honda motor car in Sandy Bay in the parish and attempted to intercept the vehicle. However, the driver escaped the dragnet and a chase ensued. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into a wall in the vicinity of Round Hill.The three were apprehended and taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before they were jailed.During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

However, the police were quickly alerted and were able to intercept the stolen motor car, arresting the driver in Lucea, Hanover. Shortly after, police personnel spotted the Honda motor car in Sandy Bay in the parish and attempted to intercept the vehicle. However, the driver escaped the dragnet and a chase ensued. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into a wall in the vicinity of Round Hill.The three were apprehended and taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before they were jailed.During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

Shortly after, police personnel spotted the Honda motor car in Sandy Bay in the parish and attempted to intercept the vehicle. However, the driver escaped the dragnet and a chase ensued. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into a wall in the vicinity of Round Hill.The three were apprehended and taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before they were jailed.During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

Shortly after, police personnel spotted the Honda motor car in Sandy Bay in the parish and attempted to intercept the vehicle. However, the driver escaped the dragnet and a chase ensued. The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into a wall in the vicinity of Round Hill.

The three were apprehended and taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries before they were jailed.During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

During a search of the Honda motor car, a loaded Browning 9mm pistol with the serial number erased, was found in a speaker box, the police said.The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

The Hanover police say three illegal guns and 25 rounds of ammunition have been seized over the past two weeks as they intensify their operations in the parish.Six persons have been taken into custody in connection with those seizures.

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ziplaw legal news: montego bay cops cut down three stone crusher gang members

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) bid to dismantle the much-feared Montego Bay-based Stone Crusher gang experienced more success yesterday when three gang members who confronted a joint police-military team in Moneague, St. Ann, were fatally shot. One of the men has been identified as 'Damion Vassell' of Glendevon, Norwood, a leading member of the notorious gang, who was wanted in connection with the murder of police Sergeant Allan Lindsay in Glendevon, Norwood about two weeks ago. The slain policeman's firearm and bullet-proof vest was found in his possession. Reports are that, about 1:30 a.m., Thursday, a joint police-military operation was carried out in the Moneague Housing Scheme. On the approach of the crime fighters to a house, they were greeted with gunfire. The fire was returned and after the shooting subsided, three men were found suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to the St. Ann's Bay hospital where they were pronounced dead. According to the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) three guns - a 9mm Browning pistol, that was robbed from Lindsay, a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol and a .38 revolver - were seized. The Gleaner has subsequently learned that a fourth pistol, which it is believed belonged to a St. James policeman who was murdered earlier this year, was also found. 11 major players killed In addition to Vassell, at least 11 major players in the Stone Crusher gang have been killed in confrontation with the police between 2006 and yesterday. They are: Michael 'Lassie' Forbes, killed in St. Mary; Delano 'Bigger Crime' Williams, killed in Glendevon; Rohan 'Don'Gordon, killed in Glendevon; 15-year-old Jermain Gordon, killed in Farm Heights; Conroy Stennett, killed in Glendevon; Rohan Stennett, killed in Dover, St. Mary; Kavian Chin, killed in Porto Bello; Michael Williams, Carl 'Dudus' 'Lassie' Samuels Rayon 'Troy' 'Tribal' Smith, Gerardo 'Rado'Taylor, killed in Rosemount Gardens last Sunday. The Stone Crusher gang which has been fingered as a major criminal network in western Jamaica, with an established base in the volatile community of Norwood, St. James, has been linked to a spate of heinous murders and shootings. Author: Mark Titus Source: Jamaica Gleaner

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) bid to dismantle the much-feared Montego Bay-based Stone Crusher gang experienced more success yesterday when three gang members who confronted a joint police-military team in Moneague, St. Ann, were fatally shot.

One of the men has been identified as 'Damion Vassell' of Glendevon, Norwood, a leading member of the notorious gang, who was wanted in connection with the murder of police Sergeant Allan Lindsay in Glendevon, Norwood about two weeks ago.

They are: Michael 'Lassie' Forbes, killed in St. Mary; Delano 'Bigger Crime' Williams, killed in Glendevon; Rohan 'Don'Gordon, killed in Glendevon; 15-year-old Jermain Gordon, killed in Farm Heights; Conroy Stennett, killed in Glendevon; Rohan Stennett, killed in Dover, St. Mary; Kavian Chin, killed in Porto Bello; Michael Williams, Carl 'Dudus' 'Lassie' Samuels Rayon 'Troy' 'Tribal' Smith, Gerardo 'Rado'Taylor, killed in Rosemount Gardens last Sunday.

The Stone Crusher gang which has been fingered as a major criminal network in western Jamaica, with an established base in the volatile community of Norwood, St. James, has been linked to a spate of heinous murders and shootings.

no gangsters paradise - st james a graveyard for public enemies no. 1 | lead stories | jamaica gleaner

When Delano Prekeh Wilmots time as one of Jamaicas most wanted men ended in a gunfight with members of the security forces at an isolated hideaway in rural St James early last Wednesday morning, he joined a long list of gangsters whose reign of terror came to a fiery end in the western parish.

Wilmot, who had survived several previous confrontations with the security forces, including a daring ambush in which three Jamaica Defence Force soldiers on patrol were shot, did not go out without a fight, challenging the security forces during last weeks operation and was cut down.

No precious blood was shed when we caught up with Prekeh . These guys need to know that they cannot match the security forces in a firefight, so it is best to surrender when they are confronted, said Ellis. Most wanted man is not a good title to have.

Taking a look at the rise and fall of the many gangsters who have emerged in St James since the early 1980s, there is one undeniable truth: they die at a young age, creating legends out of resolute cops like Clive Karate Georgie Lawrence, who is renowned for his disguises as a woman donning female clothing and spike heels in seeking to catch wanted thugs off guard.

Former Assistant Commissioner of Police Denver Frater, who headed the polices Area One region St James, Trelawny, Westmoreland, and Hanover in the turbulent 1980s and 90s, noted that in those days, gangsters tagged most wanted rarely survived for more than a year.

As much as 90 per cent of them are killed within a year of becoming most wanted, and usually, they range between the ages of 18 and 30, Frater previously said. It has been like a recurring decimal with these gangsters: rise quickly and die quickly.

1982: Patrick Swang Stephen became most wanted when he was implicated in the shooting death of policeman Paul Shaun. After a brief two-month reign, he was killed in a confrontation with the police.

1986: Owen Jaggarue Graham, who was renowned for his trademark military fatigues and his M16 assault rifle, came to fame as a much-feared hitman across western Jamaica. His reign of terror ended in a 1986 shoot-out with the police.

1987: Owen Pugan Pearson, who led the notorious Somerton gang, had St James under siege for just over a year, robbing and killing with impunity. He was killed in a gunfight with the police in Falmouth, Trelawny.

1992: Fitzroy The General Smart was a notorious robber, who specialised in targeting guest houses in upscale communities. He was killed in an early-morning gunfight with the police in Unity Hall, St James. The gun seized from him was traced back to a St James member of parliament.

1994: Lenroy Len Bircher, who led the notorious Flower Hill gang, became St James most wanted after being linked to a spate of murders. He was killed in a gunfight with the police at his Salt Spring hideout.

1995: Icha Dread Lawrence, who had Flankers under siege for many months, committing several murders and shooting, including seriously injuring a policeman, Everton Grant, was killed in one of his many clashes with the police.

1995: Miguel Jarrett, who took over the leadership of the Flower Hill gang after Lenroy Bircher was killed, flourished for a while as a bloodthirsty killer. However, he, too, was killed by the police towards the end of the year.

1998: Albert Sir Paul James, who was both a much-feared rapist and gunslinger, became most wanted after killing sprees in Montego Bay and Negril. He was killed in a gunfight with the police. Policeman Hugh Henry was also killed in that incident.

2001: Nino Badda Badda Alexander, who was known as the king of drive-by killings, had several districts in St James living in fear, resulting in him being named the parishs most wanted. His reign lasted a few months before he was killed by the police.

2002: Ansel Zadda Mellish, who the police said eliminated several gangsters in becoming one of St James most-feared thugs, was cornered and killed in a shoot-out in Fairfield on the outskirts of Montego Bay.

2002: Frank Bruno Stone, who led a murderous rampage in Rose Heights and was feared across the parish, was killed in a gunfight with top cop Clive Karate Georgie Lawrence, who was shot and wounded in the incident.

2002: Karlie Matalan Williams led the notorious Toyota gang, which was renowned for daring robberies and cold-blooded murders. Shortly after he was implicated in the murder of police inspector Rupert Gardner, he, too, perished in a shoot-out with the police.

2004: Eric Sandokan Brown, a former Canterbury strongman listed on the FBIs most wanted list in the United States for several murders, was killed by the local police in a shoot-out in Lilliput, St James.

2005: Michael Banna Granstan, who engaged the police in several shoot-outs during his murderous reign, in which he killed an elderly ex-policeman in cold blood, was cut down in a gun battle with the police in the York Bush area of the parish.

2007: Garfield Don Sawyers, who led the much-feared Fresh Roses gang, was said to be the worst nightmare for even his friends, who sometimes felt his wrath. He was killed in a shoot-out with the police.

2007: Rohan Don Gordon, the much-feared leader of the Stone Crusher gang, was said to be as deadly as he was elusive. Strangely, he was killed at his gate in Norwood in a shoot-out with the police.

2007: Gerado Rado Taylor, who was considered the polices worst nightmare as he regularly challenged them in brazen gunfights, was eventually killed after he was cornered in Rosemount Gardens, St James, by the police.

2010: Anthony Bolo Christie, the alleged leader of the Bottom Pen-based Piranha gang, was killed in what the police said was an early-morning shoot-out. He was wanted for murder at the time of his death.

2010: Cedric Doggie Murray, who was once a top lieutenant in the Stone Crusher gang before moving to Tivoli Gardens in Kingston, where he became a much-feared enforcer for strongman Christopher Dudus Coke, was killed in a special police operation near the border of Clarendon and Manchester.

2014: Eldon Calvert became one of Jamaicas most wanted men after the police linked him to bloody crimes committed by the notorious Stone Crusher gang. He was shot dead by fellow gangsters in Salt Spring, St James.

2017: Tadmar Rifle King Whyte, who the police labelled a cold-blooded killer, and who was on and off the St James most wanted list for a few years, was killed by unknown assailants at his Bottom Pen home in the parish.

2017: Omar King Evil Lewis, the notorious leader of the Canterbury-based Nation Crocs gang, who also featured on the United States crime radar, was murdered by unknown assailants in Montego Bay, where he was cooling out after being deported from the US.

2017: Oswyn Ski Mask Jarrett, the leader of the murderous Ski Mask gang, was much feared across western Jamaica. Jarrett and five members of his gang were killed in a gun battle with the police on the St James-Trelawny border.

2018: Oshane Ghandi Duhaney, the reputed leader of the Waltham gang, managed to successfully evade the St James police, but was killed by unknown assailants in St Ann. Violence erupted at his funeral in Montego Bay as one man was shot dead.

2018: Ryan Ratty Peterkin, who had the community of Cambridge under siege for several months, fled the area after he came under serious police pressure. He was subsequently killed in a confrontation with the police in Williamsfield, Westmoreland.

2019: Shaniel Luton, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia in 2015 after he escaped police custody while awaiting sentence for a double murder, was killed gangland style in Haiti, where he fled to.

2020: Delano Prekeh Wilmot, who had split from the Ratty gang to form his own, had Cambridge under siege for just about four years, during which he engaged the police and military in a gunfight on several occasions. He was cut down last week.

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Western Bureau: WHEN HE declared "no more", just over seven months ago, Knollis King, pastor of the Rose Heights Full Gospel Church in St James, was simply indicating that he had become "sick and tired" of burying young men who had been killed in gang feuds.

"In my time here, I have buried more than 100 young men who have been killed in gang warfare," Pastor King said at the time. "I am, therefore, challenging the community to stand up with me in the search for a solution to this crisis."

Reacting to Pastor King's challenge, several residents and former gangsters took the decision to stand with the minister, and that alliance resulted in the formation of the Rose Heights Covenant of Peace, an initiative aimed at returning civility and order to that community.

Since the start of this year, Montego Bay has recorded more than 90 murders. Listed among those killed is five-year-old Christina Salmon, who was fatally shot while travelling to school through the Glendevon area.

In looking at the number of gangsters who have been killed in alleged shoot-outs with the police, there is no doubt that the popular notion, gangsters die young, is definitely playing itself out in Montego Bay.

"As a community, we must work together to dismantle the gangs and restore order in the communities that have been targeted by criminals," said Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Denver Frater in an interview with The Sunday Gleaner last year.

In 2002, many of the young men who had earned the dubious distinction of being labelled St James 'most wanted' were all killed in alleged shoot-outs with the police. They were all between 20 and 30 years old.

"This situation in Montego Bay is absolutely senseless, as we are losing far too many of our young men in these senseless killings," Dr Horace Chang, member of parliament for the problem-plagued North West St James constituency, told The Sunday Gleaner recently.

While Dr Chang is currently developing an educational and training plan as an alternative to the crime and violence in his constituency, and others like Pastor King are providing training opportunities for the young men in Rose Heights, not many persons are viewing the future with optimism.

"As long as you have things like the lotto scam, a regular nine-to-five job will not seem attractive to some youngsters, especially those already spoilt by dirty money," a reformed gangster told The Sunday Gleaner.

"Based on our intelligence, most of the guns in the hands of these gangsters were bought by money generated by the scam," said ACP Denver Frater. "As we seek to dismantle the gangs, we also need to put an end to the lotto scam."

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When Cedric Murray migrated to the US in the early 1990s, the two gangs in operation in north west St James, where he lived at the time, were the Renegades, which was based in Norwood/Glendevon, his home district; and the Piranha, which was based in the neighbouring Bottom Pen.

With the early gangsters either in America or locked away in the local prison system, their replacements, who were mostly teenagers, renamed the gang the Stone Crushers, signalling the beginning of an era of unprecedented lawlessness in St James.

With guns - many coming directly from founding members in the United States - replacing the knives, machetes, and stones of their predecessors, the Stone Crusher gang opened up a bloody page in the criminal history of St James, starting in 2000.

While rubbing shoulders with the likes of former Stone Crusher leaders Delano 'Bigga Crime' Williams, Michael 'Lassie' Forbes, Garfield 'Don' Sawyers, Richard 'Blacks' Lawn, and Rohan 'Don' Gordon, Doggie quickly developed a reputation as a killer.

While Murray reportedly spent most of his time travelling around the island as a contract killer, the other notorious Montego Bay gangsters such as Bigga Crime, Lassie, and Blacks primarily stayed in the parish where they attracted the attention of the cops and quickly topped the most-wanted list in St James.

"I have seen all my friends killed by the police in cold blood or shoot out. I make no excuse for my past. I am a real gangster hard-core ... . Babylon has labelled me a threat to the society because they cant kill me and the people love me," said a diary entry.

With the St James police hot on his trail, Doggie, along with other Stone Crusher gangsters including Eldon Calvert, a prominenet enforcer, found refuge in the west Kingston stronghold of Tivoli Gardens where they were welcomed with open arms by fellow gangsters.

Key inside sources told The Sunday Gleaner that the operation was primarily to capture Calvert. Top-ranking Tivoli leaders were negotiating Calvert's release to the security forces in an effort to avoid a confrontation.

Calvert and Doggie made their escape almost simultaneously as other major figures in the west Kingston community were driving out minutes before the security forces stormed the house where they were reportedly staying.

Calvert, who remained at the top of the police's most-wanted list, was eventually captured in an upscale apartment in the rustic community of Wood Grove in St James. He was wanted in connection with several counts of murders and shootings, and had a $1 million bounty placed on his head before he was held.

Doggie, without the company of Calvert, remained on the run and took refuge with like-minded thugs in the Corporate Area. He continued to frequent Tivoli Gardens, but his relationship with the west Kingston gangsters was somewhat strained as reports swirled that he had issued death threats to a St James JLP member of Parliament.

"The politician that say I threaten him ... . I have never seen him face to face or ever spoken to him and I am no gang member or leader. I am being used to clean their slate," said an entry in the reported Doggie diary.

Murray's loyalty to the Coke family, coupled with his desire to regain the trust of gangsters on the ground in Tivoli Gardens, pushed him into a major recruitment frenzy. He convinced members of the Stone Crusher gang to travel to Kingston to help to defend Dudus against the security forces last May.

"Invasion of Tivoli Garden by babylon the enemy, gun shots rang out from every corner of West Kingston and other places of KGN to protect the man Don of all Dons. Christopher Coke, AKA Dudus," Doggie wrote of the May 24, 2010 incursion.

"The man they came after is still free and safe, my Don and friend always. It was a raging gun battle a day I won't forget and such tragedy for Jamaica more than 75 people dies by babylon, man, baby and woman.

"I am deeply affected but he is still and always will be my Don. I now wonder what with both brothers in jail ('Dudus' and 'Levity') and TG (Tivoli Gardens) in a state of confusion what's next with babylon, also can me a wanted man ever return ... . But still TG will build back," a June 22 diary entry said.

"My days is coming. If my friends do it it will be quick but if is babylon it will be a day of war ... . Every day I regret how this all began, sometimes I just want to pull the trigger (and commit suicide)," another diary entry said.

"Me and my son ... is chilling. I just put him to sleep, he is six months old and he has never slept beside me one night since he was born, my life is very very intense but I must always find time for them, even a hour," a diary entry said.

"Will your child one day become what I have been accused of. Run along Mr and Miss perfect because you are just a vampire you are worst than me," wrote Doggie in one of his final entries in the diary.

'I have seen all my friends killed by the police in cold blood or shoot out. I make no excuse for my past. I am a real gangster hard-core ... Babylon has labelled me a threat to the society because they cant kill me and the people love me.'

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Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn had said she could not proceed with the case because handwriting experts for the defence and the Crown confirmed the witness statement was written and signed by Sirjue.

Calvert was on trial along with his brother, music band operator Gleason Calvert, and Michael Heron for the 2006 murder of cookshop operator Robert Green of Mount Salem, St James. The prosecution was relying on the statement of Artley Campbell to prove its case against the three men. Campbell was shot and killed on November 13, 2006.

crime doesn't pay montego bay pushes back | news | jamaica gleaner

While crime continues to paint Montego Bay into an ugly corner, numerous individuals involved in nefarious activities such as the infamous 'lotto scam', the illicit guns for drugs trade, police corruption and other vices have met their proverbial 'waterloo' in the battle between the lawful and the lawless.

Although crime seems to be stifling Montego Bay and threatening to undermine its position as the nation's premier tourism destination, several institutions including the security forces, social groups and the Church have been upfront and behind the scenes attempting to rescue the situation.

"The police alone cannot do it," said Superintendent Paul Stanton, head of the police's community safety and security in Area One, at a recent Gleaner Editor's Forum. "We all need to work together to take back our communities from the hands of criminals."

The drug trade, especially the transatlantic aspect that has been generating significant international attention in recent years, has taken a severe beating in recent times as various crime-fighting initiatives by the local police and their United States (US) and United Kingdom counterparts have taken out several major players.

In 2004, Montego Bay was dragged into the international spotlight when then US President George Bush declared businessman Leebert Ramcharan a drug kingpin and sought his extradition to stand trial in the US.

In the wake of President Bush's declaration, several prominent Montego Bay businessmen including Ramcharan, Donovan 'Plucky' Williams, Robroy 'Spy' Williams, Glenford Williams and Vivian Dalley were arrested in operations carried out by the local police.

Following challenges in the local courts, all except one of the arrested men were extradited to the US to stand trial. Some like Ramcharan were convicted and sentenced to extended prison terms, while others have accepted plea deals for reduced sentences.

The Lotto Scam, which initially left several communities awash with cash acquired through conning unsuspecting American citizens out of an estimated US$30 million for the past seven years, is no longer operating with impunity thanks to the intervention of the local police and their US counterparts, who have been tracking down and arresting scammers.

The war against the scammers, which intensified after it came to light that the illicitly gained cash was being used to buy high-powered guns for criminal gangs, has resulted in numerous arrests and convictions, especially since the formation of The Jamaican Operations Linked to Telemarketing (JOLT) - a task force made up of both local and American operatives.

Since the emergence of JOLT, persons fingered as major players have been arrested, including one individual whose assets were said to be worth J$80 million. Several American citizens, who were victims of the scammers, were brought in to testify in some of the cases.

Measures are now being put in place, through the local court system, to separate the scammers from the assets they acquired through their activities by way of the forfeiture through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Scammers and gangsters are not the only persons who have reportedly benefited from the illicit lotto scam as several police personnel have found themselves in trouble with the law on account of their alleged involvement in the illicit scheme.

It is an open secret in and around Montego Bay that some policemen, having operated as bodyguards/best buddies to scammers, have been targeted by criminal gangs seeking to extort them. There have also been cases where the police have been accused of robbing scammers, sometimes at gunpoint.

Things came to an inglorious head for the Police High Command on May 14, 2009 when former Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin interdicted 18 cops at the Mt Salem Police Station, accusing them of "recruiting and planting a fake cop at the Mount Salem Police Station in St James to assist with their illegal activities".

In the matter of the so-called fake cop, he reportedly worked out of the Mt Salem Police Station for six months, carrying out regular police duties including going on raids armed with an M16 assault rifle. After he was busted, he reportedly furnished the Commissioner with damning evidence of scandalous acts of corruption against the individuals with whom he worked.

While corrupt cops continue to be a 'black eye' for the St James Police Division, their law-abiding colleagues have been enjoying a fair degree of success in the smashing of criminal gangs, some of whom have lost several of their more prominent members in confrontations with the police.

While most of the prominent institutions in and around Montego Bay have shown no more than a passing interest in social intervention programmes, the Rose Heights community, through a bold initiative championed by Pastor Knollis King, established the Rose Heights Covenant of Peace just over six months ago.

With a mandate to rid the community of lawlessness, the group has taken a zero-tolerance approach to crime. Just last weekend, a group of residents apprehended a gunman, seized two firearms and a quantity of ammunition and turned him over to the police. Under the Rose Heights Covenant of Peace, the following tenets have been established and agreed to by members of the community:

Individuals like community activist O'Dave Allen, through the Community Organisation for Management and Sustainable Development - the umbrella organisation for Operation PRIDE sites and marginalised communities in western Jamaica - has steadfastly been lobbying Government to regularise squatter communities, arguing that unless they are regularised they will continue to prove attractive as hideaways for criminals.

With the new head of the St James Police Division, Superintendent Merrick Watson, taking a hands-on approach to crime-fighting and getting some early success with a series of successful operation against known gangsters, there is now renewed hope in Montego Bay that the notion 'crime does not pay' will be rigorously enforced.