Animals are being stolen, slaughtered and shipped to Haiti to be exchanged for guns, the police have said. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kevin Francis, who made the claim, said Jamaica is currently losing some $6 billion annually to praedial larceny.
"Praedial larceny is a big organised business in Jamaica. The thieves steal the animals, slaughter them for the meat, which they ship to Haiti, where it is exchanged for guns," said Francis, who heads the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit.
"It is a serious problem and it is affecting our crime rate negatively." Francis said.
The cop, who was speaking at last Thursday's awards ceremony at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority boardroom in Hague, Trelawny, said the thieves have even managed to drive fear into their victims.