LINSTEAD: Cop charged with corruption

Detectives have charged a police constable who allegedly solicited funds from a civilian he had caught in possession of marijuana.

Constable Ricardo Johnson, 36, is stationed at Linstead, St Catherine North Police Division.

The St Catherine Parish Court, on October 9, offered him bail in the sum of $200,000 with sureties.

He is to return to court on Tuesday, December 11, according to the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

MOCA said it received a complaint that Constable Johnson and another cop searched the complainant’s premises in July.

They allegedly found marijuana and solicited $50,000 in order for the complainant to avoid prosecution.

The complainant paid $8,700 and agreed to pay up the remaining amount at a later date.

A sting operation was set up after the matter was reported to MOCA.

During the operation, another constable was nabbed while collecting funds from the complainant.

The nabbed constable, while being questioned, claimed that he was collecting $40,000 on behalf of Constable Johnson.

He eventually was released without charge.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions later ruled that Constable Johnson be charged.

MOCA detectives, on October 8, charged him for allegedly breaching the Anti-Corruption Act.

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