Man’s body identified in JA

The RCIP received confirmation that following the results of DNA analysis the remains of a man found washed up on the beach in Jamaica were that of Cayman resident Mr. Deanroy Lawson, 25, of North Sound Estates.

Mr. Lawson’s family reported him missing 5 May.

The Jamaican authorities continue their investigations to establish the cause of death.

It is believed Mr. Lawson died after jumping from a boat in a drug-related incident in Jamaica involving local residents, which resulted in one confirmed arrest.

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the local aspects of the investigation, Mr. Anthony Ennis, said: ‘The RCIP assures the public that it remains firm in its commitment and resolve to work with our domestic and international law enforcement partners to rid our society of this evil.’

Assistant Commissioner Ennis appealed to the public for its continued support and assistance to the RCIP in this effort.

The person in custody is a 33-year-old Caymanian male, who was arrested in Jamaica after police found 78 pounds of ganja in the boat on which he was travelling.

The man, who journeyed to Jamaica on an Air Jamaica flight on 8 April 2005, was charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export, ganja. He appeared in the Black River Resident’s Magistrate’s Court on 4 and 11 May, and is remanded to return to court on 8 June.

His arrest followed a routine patrol by marine section of the Jamaica Constabulary Force off the White House coast in the parish of Westmoreland. Police spotted the 32-foot boat on which the accused was travelling in the vicinity of the Black River Wharf. The boat, marked as British, sped away as the patrol approached. Police gave chase, but it was intercepted with the assistance of a Jamaican Defense Force helicopter.

The boat’s other occupants reportedly escaped by jumping overboard and swimming to shore.

‘No-one should underestimate the extreme danger involved in illegal drug trade,’ said Police Commissioner Buel Braggs.

‘It is worrying to see that, despite the devastating effects of this trade, those involved are still determined to risk their lives to bring illegal drugs and firearms into Cayman to further their lifestyles,’ the Commissioner said, adding: ‘This not only creates fear and panic in the community, but as we have seen lately it can also lead to death as rival members battle to establish their trade and territory.’

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