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January 4, 2014
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Cops nab another of island's most wanted

One of the most wanted men in the St Andrew Central Division is now in police custody.

Jermaine Chambers, otherwise called 'Big Up', who was wanted for the murder of District Constable Paul Whyte, was captured during undertakings under Operation Resilience in the Kingston Western Division this morning. Whyte was gunned down in August Town, St Andrew, on Friday, December, 20 while allegedly attempting to apprehend 'Big Up'. A female corporal was also injured in the incident. Chambers was also wanted for the murder of Marlon McKenzie, otherwise called 'Chiphead', who was shot dead in August Town, St Andrew, on November 27, 2012.

This latest success under Operation Resilience comes on the heels of the release of the year-end figures for the initiative, which show that 194 firearms - among them 12 high-powered rifles - have been seized in operational activities under the initiative so far.

Activities between the launch of the initiative on October 3 and December 28 last year also saw the seizure of 847 assorted rounds of ammunition, just over $1.5 million and US$67,000 ($7.102 million), 19 vehicles and the arrest of 316 persons. Among those arrested last year was Shane Coke, the leader of a prominent gang operating in the Kingston Western Division, who was wanted for some four murders, including the shooting death of retired policeman Tony Hewitt and Adolf Campbell, a Jamaica Public Service contractor.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds, the man at the helm of the operations portfolio in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, praised the Mobile Reserve and the divisional operational teams for their resolve to ensure that all citizens can live in a safe and secure society, where the rule of law prevails. He also thanked the Jamaica Defence Force for their continued support.

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