The police are claiming a massive breakthrough into the operations of one of Jamaica’s most sophisticated and ruthless criminal outfits, the Terrence Gang, which they say has extended into seven parishes and has been responsible for a number of murders, shootings and rapes.
The lawless activity of the notorious gang has been disrupted following an operation Saturday, in which 25 of its members were arrested.
Three women and a Jamaica Constabulary Force member, said to be a detective corporal, were also picked up as part of the gang’s activity. They, too, are awaiting charges.
The reputed gang leader Unchene Wilson was summarily arrested at Kingston Public Hospital prior to the operation on Saturday when he and his cronies fired on the police, who attempted to apprehend him. He had used a false name but was quickly identified and nabbed.
Head of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, told reporters at a press conference yesterday in Kingston that he was confident that the 25 alleged gangsters now in custody will be charged pending interviews.
“So far, the police have identified about 40 members of this gang. And I think I can say we are confident that we have 25 now in custody and [they] will be charged. We feel that we will get the rest,” Bailey said.
“During the investigation, it was discovered that this gang has been creating havoc across the island on a wide scale,” he noted.
“The gang has been identified as performing sexual assaults against female victims including children, and [they] would also cause their victims, to perform oral sex on each other in the presence of children, in some cases,” stated Bailey.
“If the victims resist, this would result in them being robbed, killed or shot,” he added.