A Police Constable who was arrested and charged on Tuesday for lottery scamming and illegal possession of a firearm appeared before the Western Regional Gun Court today (January 10, 2019).
He is also set to appear before the St. James parish court tomorrow to answer to the other charges.
Constable Derrol Williams who is assigned to the St. James division has been charged with breaches of the Law Reform Act, the Customs Act and the Firearms Act on Tuesday, after a ruling in the matter was made by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Williams is also charged with knowingly possessing identity information, conspiracy to commit an offence under the Law Reform Fraudulent Transaction Act, causing the transport of cash into Jamaica exceeding the sum of US $10,000, and causing a false declaration to be made to customs. .
Head of the Constabulary Communications Unit, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Dahlia Garrick says the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force was investigating the constable for over a year.
Reports from the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force are that about 12:35 PM., on December 27, 2017, an alleged associate of Constable Williams arrived at the Sangster International Airport on a flight from Florida.
During a search of the associate’s luggage over US $14,000 was found.
Further investigations led to a search of the associate’s phone, which revealed conversations between Constable Williams showing receipts from a remittance agency and approximately 10 pictures of credit cards.
A subsequent search of a premises occupied by Williams resulted in the seizure of an illegal firearm and several lead sheets with identity information of several persons living overseas.