Young: Gang arrests disrupted potential danger

The ar­rests of sev­er­al men re­put­ed to be gang lead­ers last week was done to “dis­rupt” a po­ten­tial­ly haz­ardous out­come, ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young.

Over the course of last week, Cedric “Burkie” Burke, his son Reval­do Burke, Akani “Dole” Adams, An­ton “Boom­bay” Boney and Quin­cy Fe­lix were ar­rest­ed un­der the An­ti-Gang Act and sub­se­quent­ly re­leased af­ter lawyers filed a writ of habeas cor­pus on their be­half.

Two oth­er men, An­cel “Chemist” Vil­lafana and Ken­neth “Span­ish” Ro­driguez were al­so ar­rest­ed un­der the An­ti-Gang Act and charged with mi­nor mar­i­jua­na-re­lat­ed of­fences.

De­spite the men now all be­ing free, Young be­lieved the po­lice act­ed on good in­tel­li­gence.

“Some­times in op­er­a­tions, you do things that are dis­rup­tive so you may have cer­tain in­tel­li­gence and you know that in­tel­li­gence is good in­tel­li­gence, you have to go in and be dis­rup­tive,” he said dur­ing Thurs­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing.

“There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween in­tel­li­gence and ev­i­dence. You need ev­i­dence to be able to charge and they may not have reached that stage but cer­tain­ly, with the dis­rup­tion fac­tor it al­so al­lows the op­por­tu­ni­ty to gar­ner and ex­tract in­for­ma­tion that you may not have got­ten.”

He said he did not be­lieve the po­lice had over­stepped their bounds, as based on in­for­ma­tion he re­ceived they act­ed with­in the law.

Reporter: Peter Christopher

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