Illegal numbers ring busted in West Bay

| 17/04/2018 | 55 Comments
Cayman News Service

Seized property from location of suspected gambling ring

(CNS): Friday the thirteenth turned out to be unlucky for a couple in West Bay who were arrested after community cops busted a suspected numbers racket last week. The operation was in response to local concerns about illegal gambling and anti-social behaviour in and around the West Church Street and Mount Pleasant Road junction close to the Batabano Plaza. During the operation officers spotted a man and a woman acting suspiciously, and after a search police recovered around CI$3,000 in cash along with various items used for illegal gambling.

As a result, the 26-year-old woman and 42-year-old man, both from West Bay, were arrested on suspicion of possession of lottery tickets, selling lottery tickets, possession of criminal property, and permitting a place to be used as a gaming house.

Pressing on with the operation, the community police conducted another search at a nearby address, where they found a CI$100 counterfeit note and more gambling-related items.

The man and woman are now on bail as the investigation continues.

“These arrests further demonstrate the commitment of the Community Policing Department to proactively targeting illegal gambling, and we are grateful to members of the public for bringing their concerns to us,” said Superintendent Robert Graham. “The fact that counterfeit currency was also found shows that this type of illegal activity often goes hand in hand with other crimes.”

He added, “As part of the proactive approach we are taking to community policing, our Community Officers will continue to make checks in the area in an effort to deter this type of illegal activity from taking place in the future.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wha play last night?

  2. Anonymous says:

    If the police would stop wasting time on small matters and prioritize then crime would take a hit. Gambling is hardly a crime wtf.

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    • Anonymous says:

      It’s still against the law, making it a crime.

    • Anonymous says:

      A crime is a crime is a crime. Laws are written and passed. You are not supposed to break the law. Any law.

    • Anonymous. says:

      As long as you have liquor being sold, you are going to have folk who will want to gamble, who will want to take risk. Studies prove this very much. Liquor and gambling are very fond with each other. Did you know that?

      You can’t separate the gambler, a person taking risk from drinking alcohol! And so our laws makes gambling an arrestable offence. To me, that is like being hypocritical. You arresting gamblers and not alcohol users.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Whats with that house in I think Patricks Island where they have a security guard outside all the time? Like not normal security, sketchy security.

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  4. Angelica Tatum says:

    What about the GUY who arrived here on the Island many years ago as a Laborer and out of the blue he is can afford expensive cars…. and change them every year.
    the Police knows who he is… they need to star from him….. but guess what…. now he have Cayman Status and about 3 Souvenirs stores all from numbers….and walk around with big cash…..like I said….. police knows him.

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  5. Real Talk says:

    Some police get more than numbers free fish and protection $$$ aaah bwoy so it ago nuff dolla’s run! innah dis ya place.

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  6. Janitor says:

    Police buy the most numbers…Yall some Corrupt ol bags…SMH

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    • Anonymous says:

      I know this for a fact. A handful of them used to buy cash pot from the same number man I buy from. They’d even show up in uniform too lmao.

  7. Anonymous says:

    A National Lottery is what is needed !

    The police would have to focus 100% of their resources to eliminate the illegal lottery .Then what really would have been accomplished? Certainly not the elimination of gambling on the Island. Dominoes, poker, pool (I won’t mention raffling since that’s holy sh*t) will continue. Oh, and online gambling. What will you do about that..lol??

    Prohibition never worked. Read some history lawmakers.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Just sign Cayman up with Mega Millions or Powerball. The government would make money, the vendors would make money, and you wouldn’t need to actually do anything yourselves unless you wanted to crack down on the numbers racket. So easy a caveman could do it.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    RCIP open your eyes to the increased traffic on Sunday mornings at the top of Marina Drive. Been going on for years but I think you already knew that!

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Aim your sights a little higher RCIPS and you will find the real criminals of Cayman.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    The same ones are sending off their money overseas in the plaza right after. All day everyday. The clerks allowing them to do this are just as bad.

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  11. Who, what, where? says:

    So what about the one community officer and his wife who sell numbers?

    Right Partner????

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  12. Anonymous says:

    The untouched illegal numbers rackets have been raging with impunity for at least 30 years. Including assassinations of members. Suddenly brand new Police cars get torched. Coincidence I guess?!?

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  13. Anonymous says:

    I like the continued use of Community Police in this release. Pushing the community police angle I see. None the less it was a success regardless of which department of the police did it.

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  14. Observer says:

    Numbers is not our problem. Drugs, burglaries, murders, thefts and I could go on and on.

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  15. Naya Boy says:

    Somebody Says its not funny it appears to be a policy just like the drug arrests, I guess if the Hondurans had more officers in the RCIPS their lotto business would not be touched either. Corruption and partial oppressive justice is still alive and well in the Cayman Islands. You are absolutely right their has been no arrest and if you take into consideration the amount of time it is played daily you get a real sense of the level of immunity from our foreign run police service which is enjoyed by our Jamaican Cashpot drop pan sellers. Corruption has never been compulsory Cayman.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Shit! Got my cash man and my dealer!

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Time for a regulated national lottery? Take the power away from the numbers man and use the profits to refurb the hospital, schools, roads, dump ect ect ect… or we can just remain dependent on daddy darts left tit until he has a monopoly on everything.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Just join one of the existing lotteries. You are not good at regulation.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Strange that all those other places with lotteries don’t seem to have enough money “to refurb the hospital, schools, roads, dump [etc.]” . See the teachers on strike in the US recently as exhibit A that lotteries don’t work like you think they do.

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  18. Somebody says says:

    So funny how the police can’t catch and arrest the Jamaicans selling numbers all day on Eastern Ave.

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    • Anonymous says:

      So true. It only takes a visit to a certain bar on Eastern Ave where they can also find certain south american folks who sits in a corner all day carrying out sales and exchanges with the books, cash etc in plain sight. But then again, I have witnessed police officers buying from these people also so maybe that explains why they are so confident in carrying out their business.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Behind corner restaurant

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yes let’s distract by bringing up Jamaicans…. again. Your own are just as bad.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Can’t be everywhere at once. Why don’t you put a call into Crimestoppers and give them the information you have, or is that to much effort

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    • Anonymous says:

      And Archie bar ..

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    • Anonymous says:

      The master fixer of the numbers’ trade is Caymanian. Why don’t RCIP arrest him?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Why do I feel there is an anti Jamaican vibe on the Island. Jamaican sweat built a large part of it.

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      • Rick says:

        Every where else in the Caribbean there is an anti Jamaican Vibe. Its not only Cayman. Trinidad and Barbados have the same feelings. Jamaicans are Just brash and bold and few understand them

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      • Anonymous says:

        Caymanians lack the ability of taking responsibility. They blame everything on Jamaicans and the government. It’s a known fact.

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        • Anonymous says:

          If that is the case, why not leave then !! If i, was in another mans country, and got blame for everything that happen, i would leave, and go back home.
          However, that will not happen, Cayman too SWEET !!

          • Anonymous says:

            A. I am not Jamaican.
            B. Cayman is not sweet at all.
            C. I did leave and couldn’t be happier living in a more beautiful place where the people treat each other with respect.
            #shithole #youcanhaveit

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      • Anonymous says:

        oh Please. Hey that chip off y’all shoulder. What is hated, is the criminals and unscrupulous characters that show up here, believing they can do as they please.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Jamaicans built this island because the UK told them to. Check the history of The Cayman Islands and Jamaica. Just saying.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just like how they can’t catch them speeding and doing other things.

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    • Anonymous says:

      West Bay busts sounds better thats why, Cant give the Capital a bad name.

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    • Anonymous says:

      funny eh? and the police force is majority jamaican …

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Keep up the pressure RCIP.

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    • Chica says:

      Careful what u wish for 2:44pm the pressure might just blow up in all our faces!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      You can see by all the thumbs down the percentage of law abiding persons to not law abiding persons on island. Or you can just take a drive and tell from all the non law abiding drivers. Cayman.

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