JIS News

The report of an analysis of samples carried out by the Mines and Geology Department, in relation to the illegal removal of sand from Coral Springs in Trelawny, was today (Aug. 18) handed over to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark Shields, by Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Daryl Vaz.
The report which was received by Minister Vaz on Friday last, was officially handed over to the police at a meeting held at Jamaica House this afternoon. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Mines and Geology Department, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Felicitas Limited, Island Special Constabulary Force, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark Shields, who is overseeing the investigations.
Minister Vaz said now that the report has been handed over to the police, it will form part of its ongoing investigation. He said that having tested the samples, the Mines and Geology Department, was satisfied, that there was enough data to assist the police investigation. Minister Vaz noted that whilst the matter was under investigation by the police, there would be no further comments or public statements, until the investigations are complete. He said the Government has been working assiduously and that the delay in receiving the report had to do with the technical nature of the investigations and the fact that a number of scientific tests had to be conducted.
Mr. Vaz said the investors, Felicitas Limited, like the Government, were concerned about the environmental and other implications for Jamaica in relation to illegal sand mining and illegal quarrying overall and were confident that the investigations will be successful in bringing the guilty party (parties) to book.