Jamaicans, Haitians Meat For Guns Trade
Police uncover "meat for guns" trade
The police have pointed to a growing trade in which praedial thieves are supplying meat in exchange for guns.
The drugs-for-gun trade between Jamaica and Haiti has taken a strange twist with so-called Jamaican fishermen now exchanging animal carcasses with their Haitian counterparts for high-powered weapons, according to the police.
The local police believe the Haitians are exchanging the weapons for animal meat, which the Haitians use for food.
It is uncertain how the Jamaicans preserve the animal remains throughout the trip which sometimes lasts up to eight hours.
“The time the trip takes depends on a number of factors, such as the type engines, the point from which you leave, and the condition of the sea,” said Superintendent Marlon Dietrich, who is in charge of the Marine Division.
On their return from Haiti with the guns, the ‘fishermen’ are said to carry out various transactions in the waters around Portland, an area in which the police have now increased their patrols, both on land and sea.
With the help of their foreign counterparts, ACP Hinds said alot more ‘stop and search’ operations are now taking place on the high seas as the police step up efforts to stamp out the illegal activities. “Sometimes when they see law enforcement agents approaching, they throw the contraband over board,” said Mr. Hinds. He said persons involved in the guns-for-drugs trade can easily make a 300 per cent profit on whatever money they put into the illicit trade. It is for this reason that detectives attached to Operation Kingfish are probing a number of local businessmen, some of whom have been under surveillance for several months.
Meat For Guns