The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has confirmed that 32 Jamaicans were deported on this morning’s charter flight from the United Kingdom, a lesser number than the authorities expected.
Earlier reports had suggested that as many as 100 Jamaicans would have been sent back today.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Devon Watkis , a short while ago disclosed at a briefing that only six women were a part of the group.
Sophia, the mother of a sick British boy who was expected to be sent back to Jamaica today as reported by The Independent newspaper, was not among the number.
She was held back due to litigation issues, Watkis said.
He added that some of Jamaicans were sent back due to drug-related offences while others were in breach of immigration laws.
In addition to the JCF, agencies involved in the process now being undertaken at the Mobile Reserve headquarters are: the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA) and non-governmental organisations, which will see to the welfare issues of deportees with no family here.
The national security and foreign ministries said in a news release yesterday that since September 2016, a total of 152 people were deported to Jamaica from the UK.