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07KINGSTON1586
2007-10-24 19:24:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Kingston
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JAMAICA: OPERATION KINGFISH'S THIRD ANNIVERSARY;

Tags:  SNAR AFIN ASEC PARM SOCI PHUM TRSY JM XL 
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DE RUEHKG #1586/01 2971924
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 241924Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY KINGSTON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5502
INFO RUEADAT/BUREAU OF ATF WASHINGTON DC
RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE
						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KINGSTON 001586 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR INL/LP NBozzolo, KBrown, WHA/CAR JTilghman

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SNAR AFIN ASEC PARM SOCI PHUM TRSY JM XL

SUBJECT: JAMAICA: OPERATION KINGFISH'S THIRD ANNIVERSARY;
INQUIRY re JOINT U.S.-CARICOM LIGHT ARMS INITIATIVE

REF: State 49116 (131333Z Apr 07)

Summary and Action Requested
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1.(SBU) Operation Kingfish, Jamaica's highly successful
counter-narcotics and major crimes task force, marked its third
anniversary at a ceremony attended by Ambassador Johnson and NAS
Director on October 19. The Minister of National Security warned
all drug dealers and organized crime syndicates that Kingfish's
operations will intensify. During prepared remarks to the media, he
also urged the U.S. to establish an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm
Liaison Office in Kingston. In a side bar meeting after the
ceremony, the NAS Director addressed the preliminary negotiations
between the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the ATF office in Miami,
and reminded the Ministry's Permanent Secretary, that CARICOM's
continued stalling of the proposed Joint U.S.-CARICOM Light Arms
Initiative (Reftel) could negatively impact negotiations for any
future Kingston-based ATF office.



2. Post would appreciate Department's guidance as to:

(A) the current state of play regarding the Joint U.S.-CARICOM Light
Arms Initiative; and
(B) whether, as indicated in Reftel, Department will consider
releasing the statement bilaterally and moving forward with
bi-lateral anti-trafficking collaboration. End Summary and Action
Requested

Kingfish's 3rd Birthday


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3. (U) Since January 2007, Kingfish has continued its track record
of success recovering 55 firearms, and 3000+ plus rounds of
ammunition. Its officers also have arrested 130 suspects,
apprehended 20 wanted individuals, and seized 10 boats, 15 pounds of
cocaine, and 5,079 pounds of compressed marijuana. Most
importantly, Kingfish has set a standard for investigative
excellence within the Jamaica Constabulary Force. It has a 100%
success rate, as all Kingfish cases brought to court have resulted
in convictions.

Kingfish will keep up the pressure


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4. (U) Both the Minister of National Security and the Kingfish
Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds, warned
Jamaica's remaining drug dons that Kingfish was not going to rest on
its laurels, but instead would intensify its efforts to break their
organizations. Minister Smith also charged Kingfish with taking on
the extortion rings that have developed in most communities, which
demand protection money from small, medium, and large enterprises,
and which in his view are choking off commerce in Jamaica.

Jamaica calling for assistance against light arms


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5. (SBU) During his speech the Minister referenced current low-level
discussions that have occurred between the Alcohol Tobacco and
Firearms Miami office and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark
Shields. Shields went to the U.S. in December 2006, to make the
case in Tampa for the need to open up an ATF liaison office in
Kingston. Shields confirmed on October 24, that the Tampa officials
with whom he spoke are supportive of an expanded ATF role, and they
have invited Shields to Washington to brief official there. Shields
intends to follow up with ATF-Tampa to arrange the briefing, likely
in November. If the details can be worked out, Post is in favor of
having ATF in Jamaica.

"Ganja for Guns" Trade


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6. (SBU) There is a thriving "ganja for guns" trade between Jamaica
and its neighbors, and there is more than anecdotal evidence that
the weapons, not only coming into Jamaica via Haiti but also
increasingly through containerized cargo, are of U.S. origin. In a
side-bar meeting after the ceremony between the NAS Director and the
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Security, Gilbert
Scott, the NAS Director took the opportunity to again raise
CARICOM's failure to move forward on the Light Arms Initiative
(Reftel) and suggested that such a move would send an appropriate
signal regarding CARICOM's seriousness in trying to stem the flow of
illegal weapons to the region and could be the basis to initiate any
serious discussion of creation of new liaison relationships.



7. (SBU) The Permanent Secretary indicated that the Initiative has
stalled in CARICOM because some member states are refusing to

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respond to CARICOM's repeated requests for consensus to issue the
joint press release. He reiterated Jamaica's desire to move forward
bilaterally on implementation of a program against light arms
trafficking. Post would appreciate Department guidance as to:

(A) the current state of play regarding the Initiative; and
(B) whether, as indicated Reftel, Department will consider releasing
the statement bilaterally and moving forward with bi-lateral
anti-trafficking collaboration..


Johnson