Sixty-six Jamaicans were deported to the island from the United States on Thursday. The 59 men and seven women, ranging in age from 23 to 75, arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston via charter flight at 10:40 am.
The returned residents, who were booked in the US for violations ranging from assault to murder, were then taken to the Jamaica Constabulary Force Mobile Reserve, where they were processed and released.
Ralston Blake, 75, said he was returning to Jamaica for the first time in 50 years. He said that he was charged for aggravated assault in Atlanta, Georgia before he was deported to the island.
The elderly man, who was not received by anyone outside the facility after his release, said his immediate family members are still living in the US. He chartered a taxi to Trelawny to meet up with other relatives.
“I know where I am going,” he said before his departure. Others were warmly received by family members, including one man who was met at the entrance of the Mobile Reserve facility by his mother, sister and other relatives. “I’m glad to see him regardless of the circumstances,” said the mother, who refused to give her or her son’s name.