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A report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has found that Jamaica remains the largest illicit producer and exporter of cannabis herb in Central America and the Caribbean.

The INCB 2014 report showed that Jamaica ccounts for approximately one third of the ganja produced in the Caribbean. It said that increased production of the drug has been noted in other countries, in particular Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

"Jamaica has also become a hub for the trafficking of cocaine, owing to the displacement of trafficking routes as a result of the strengthening of drug trafficking countermeasures in Latin America," the report stated, noting that the problem is compounded by the "fact that Jamaican criminal groups are using the elaborate networks originally established to traffick cannabis and cocaine as well.

The report, which examines the global trade in illegal drugs, noted that in Jamaica, drug trafficking takes place at airports through drug couriers, baggage and air freight and at seaports via containers, cargo vessels, underwater canisters attached to ship hulls, shipping vessels and speedboats.

"Illicit drugs are traded for money, guns and other goods, and much of the proceeds are used to foster criminal activities. The ports of Kingston and Montego Bay, which are used for the bulk movement of containerized shipments of cannabis herb and cocaine to Europe and North America, continue to experience serious issues involving corruption, violence, intimidation and the circumvention of legal controls.".





Falmouth gets ready for Carnival Pon Di Road

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Appleton and Digicel's Carnival Pon Di Road series heads to Trelawny tomorrow

The series, now in its third week, has already been to the Cristal Night Club parking lot in Portland and Brown's Town Square in St Ann.

"With a buzzing world-class cruise ship pier and resorts, Trelawny is one of the fastest growing tourism entertainment capitals in the Caribbean and has a wide cross section of local and international partygoers. We can't wait to reignite Jamaica's very own uptempo carnival culture there in the popular Falmouth Square along with our partners Digicel. We encourage feters to come out in their brightest Carnival colours and be prepared for Carnival foam this week," said Gary Dixon, marketing director of J Wray & Nephew Limited.

Soca and fancehall mixes, dancing games, and face jewel and painting, gave the large crowds in each community a real taste of the carnival experience.

All events are free for persons 18 and over.





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In keeping with the current momentum leading to the release of his debut album, international reggae singer Iba MaHr is rather excited to walk away with the Song of the Year award at the 6th annual Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRia) awards held on Saturday at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

Iba MaHr won for his song, Diamond Sox. Among the nominees were Protoje featuring Chronixx with Who Knows, Chronixx featuring Kabaka Pyramid for Mi Alright, Ding Dong for Syvah, and also Tarrus Riley for My Day.

As he held his award, an ecstatic Iba MaHr thanked his fans for their continued support. He also commended JaRia for the recognition, in addition to their unrelenting efforts in repositioning Jamaica as the centre of the global reggae movement and culture.

Mahr also credited his achievement to his management team and record label, stating: "A lot of this wouldn't have been possible without my managers, Roland McDermot and Jermaine Edwards. I also want to recognise and thank the producers of this single, Wayne 'Unga' Thompson and Jason Welsh of Notis Records for their time and patience in creating undoubtedly one of the most authentic dancehall rhythms of our time".

As Diamond Sox continues to gain traction internationally, a humbled Iba MaHr has expressed gratitude to his mother for the integral role she has played in guiding his musical journey, with the release of his new single, Mama Rosie, produced by Notis Records.

He also vowed to maintain consciousness with the Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley-produced Talk If Dem Want.





Prominent lawyer Michael Lorne on fraud charge

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Attorney-at-law Michael Lorne has been charged with fraud. The charges were laid by the Fraud Squad on Wednesday.

Mr Lorne says that the charges stem from allegations connected to a land transaction. He says the matter relates to a brother and sister.

According to Mr Lorne, the woman is alleging that the property was sold and she received no money and that she did not sign any document. Mr Lorne says he will be fighting the charges.





Cop who shot himself dies

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A policeman who accidentally shot himself yesterday has died.

Dead is 34-year-old Constable, Orette Williamson who was attached to the protective services branch and resided at Tangerine Road, Kingston 11.

Reports received from the Olympic Gardens police are that about 7:55 a.m., Constable Williamson was at home and was about to descend a flight of stairs when he allegedly fell. His service pistol accidentally went-off and he was shot in the abdomen.

He was taken to the Kingston public hospital where he died this morning. Meantime, the police high command is expressing condolences to Constable Williamson's family and colleagues. The JCF says counselling is also being provided for his immediate family and co-workers by the chaplaincy services branch.





A policeman is among seven persons injured in a shootout Wednesday evening between police and gunmen in downtown Kingston. However, all the gunmen escaped unhurt, while passersby were shot during the crossfire.

One of the persons is said to be in serious condition after being shot in the stomachA plain clothed policeman was grazed on the foot by one of the bullets. According to reports, at about 7:30 the police encountered armed men at the intersection of Orange and Heywood Streets.

The gunmen opened fire and this triggered a shootout. The seven persons were shot during the cross fire. The gunmen escaped.





Man held in grisly murder of St Thomas teen

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A man has been taken into custody in relation to Tuesday's killing of Kayalicia Simpson,14, of St.Thomas.

Kayalicia's body, which had several chops wounds, was found early Tuesday near her home.

Investigators are also appealing to anyone that may have information on the incident to contact the Yallahs Police at 982-5075, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

Persons may also give information using the Stay Alert App.





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Gunshots erupted in the volatile 100 Lane area of Red Hills Road in Kingston this morning and this afternoon, leaving two women dead.

YardFlex understands that one of the women, known only as 'Rose' is the mother of a prominent footballer, Marlon who plays for Tivoli Gardens. Reports are that the men in the area were angry that Marlon was "bringing strange man from Fletcher's Land to the area to play ball".

Also, according to our sources, there was a fish fry in there area and the men sent to Rose's son to collect their dues. Rose reportedly ran them from her house, telling them that "is not so fish fry money go". The men returned this morning with their gun and ammunition, ready to kill whoever was in their path. Rose shouted to her son to run and the thug proceeded to shoot her 18 times.

According to witnesses, the gunman reloaded his gun after emptying one whole round into Rose. When Rose's son returned and saw his mother's body lying in the yard, he reportedly turned over her body and said, "So Rose, a this dem do you? A nuh nutten."

Marlon, according to an eyewitness, put his hands on his mother's blood and wiped it on his cheek.

Reports are that her mother who was scheduled to leave the island,went over to her telling her daughter"Wake up!"

The other woman, identified by residents only as Donna, was reportedly approached by a group of gunmen who sprayed her with gunshots.

Police were in the area but the gunmen managed to walk across the busy thoroughfare of Red Hills Road into a waiting motorcar.

Donna was taken to hospital by police but was pronounced dead.