American fugitive held in St Andrew, to be deported

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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ST ANDREW, Jamaica — The United States Embassy is today saluting the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for their assistance in apprehending an American man who was on the run for more than 15 years.

In February, a joint US-Jamaica investigation renewed efforts to locate and apprehend Keemeit Melaun Hand, after intelligence suggested that he might have fled to Jamaica.  

According to reports, investigators analysed suspicious records of a relative of Hand, which led their investigations to a residence in St Andrew.  

During surveillance yesterday, investigators reportedly observed a male arrive at the house.  

Authorities from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) then detained the subject, who produced identification that turned out to be fraudulent.  

During a subsequent interview with C-TOC, it is said that the subject admitted that he really was Keemeit Hand.  C-TOC took him into custody ending a more than 15-year flight from justice.  

As soon as immigration proceedings are completed, Hand is to be deported to Georgia, where a federal grand jury indicted him for possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.




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