Jamaica: SOLDIERS, COPS TEMPTED – Chang Says Drug Dealers Enticing JDF, JCF Officers With Big Bucks

As the security forces make significant inroads into the local drug trade, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang said that the major narcotics dealers are dangling big money before members of the security forces to entice them to assist them in their illicit activities.

“The big drug dealers are going to make every attempt to corrupt the entire legal system in Jamaica, and they have the money to do it. What we have to do is take steps to prevent it and mitigate the damage,” Chang, who is also deputy prime minister, said.

“The JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) has some 8,000 men. They are from the society we are in. All recruits would have been vetted, and there is continuous monitoring and training, but with the kind of money involved with drugs, they (drug dealers) pursue it aggressively, and I am sure they’ll find someone to break rank, and that’s what happened in St Elizabeth,” Chang said of the major drug bust on Tuesday night involving two corporals.

A high-level probe is now taking place into the drug bust after the two soldiers were found with a large quantity of ganja after a high-speed chase and gunfight with cops.


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