'Goat For Guns Trade' Farmer Believes Meat is Used to Buy Weapons

A Clarendon farmer, believes goat farmers are becoming a target for men who are using the animal's meat to trade for guns and ammunition.

He said the men who engage in this trade will stop at nothing to get the meat, even if it means killing a person for it.

"The other day, a man chop one a the tief and him run still, enuh, and him shout out 'yow, me a come back fi yuh'; and dem come back and shoot up the house and kill him," he said.

He told of another incident where he was robbed by gun-toting men.

"A bear gun man me see come outta di car and walk up inna me yard and tek a portion a me goat them. It's like yuh a raise goat fi dem man yah fi tek," he said. "Me not even bada call police, because me know dem nah go get here in time," he said.

He said that at the rate that these men are going, "no goat soon nuh lef a Jamaica, enuh.

"Yuh know the traditional thing at holiday time - mannish water, curry goat, dem thing deh a go cut out. Dem a tek weh di ram dem and without the ram, dem the goat cyah breed," he said.

He said that the thieves are creating new ways to evade the police in order to get what they want.

"They use expensive vehicles to do their deed, and more while dem use women and drive them so when police see them, they don't stop them. The tief dem a outsmart the police dem wicked, wicked," he said.

Brown said the criminals even plot their route of escape before they make their move and "dem know how long it a go tek the police fi come".

However, Assistant Superintendent of Police Victor Barrett of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime unit said that he has not got any reports of a 'meat-for-guns' trade.

While also unable to confirm Brown's assertions, Inspector Maurice McLean from the Anti-Praedial Larceny and Prevention Unit told THE STAR that the 'informer fi dead' culture has to stop.

"People who knows the persons stealing or have any sort of information should contact the police and tell them. There are so many options, they can call 311, 119 or even write a letter and drop it off at the police station," he said.

He suggested that persons who have big farms can build a farmhouse with all the necessities for another person and let them live in that house.

"So there will be 24-hour surveillance. and for the small farmers, they can graze their animals in groups so that they can look out for each other," he added.

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