Four members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were arrested after they were fingered as members of the Clarendon-based Ranco gang, which has been linked to a string of serious crimes across several parishes.
Another four members of the JCF have been linked to the criminal network, of which some 27 suspected members have so far been listed by investigators.
The disclosure was made by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Fitz Bailey, who is in charge of the force’s crime and security portfolio, at a media briefing on Friday.
The Ranco gang has been linked to shootings, robberies, illegal possession of firearms and abductions across seven parishes between 2019 to 2021.
According to Bailey, a police constable, identified as Tafari Silvera, who is attached to the St Andrew South Police Division, is said to be the leader of the criminal group.
The senior lawman said Silvera was arrested and charged last year in connection with conspiracy to murder relative to the killing of two men in Clarendon.
“We have identified 27 members of the gang, which include at least eight members of the security force, one of whom fled the island immediately after the arrest of Constable Silvera,” stated DCP Bailey.
Three other police constables – Teshneil Francis, Danilo Barnes and Roy Morris – were among seven alleged members of the gang who were arrested on Friday.
The arrests were made following operations that were carried out by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) and the Clarendon police.
A total of 15 of the 27 persons suspected of being connected to the Ranko gang are now in police custody.
Bailey said the investigation into the gang got started after a series of robberies were reported, which caused lawmen to suspect that some of their own colleagues were involved in the acts.