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7 constables charged with extortion in Jamaica

December 23, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Seven police officers in Jamaica have been arrested and charged with extortion.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force says the officers were detained early Monday and later taken before a resident magistrate’s court by detectives from the anti-corruption branch.

The charges stem from allegations that the police officers colluded to solicit money from a drug suspect. More specifics have not been disclosed.

The seven constables are free on bail. They are scheduled to appear in a Montego Bay court in early February on the extortion charges.

It was not immediately clear if the accused policemen have lawyers. Calls made to a representative of the Caribbean island’s police officer association went unanswered.

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