Arrested and released after questioning
Checkmate-director linked to Westin-shooting
GREAT BAY – O’Neal Edward Junior A., the 34-year old director of security company Checkmate has been linked to the Mahi Mahi investigation into a shooting that took place in the parking garage of the Westin Hotel in Dawn Beach on May 28.
Yesterday house searches were conducted at A.’s house in Pointe Blanche and at three of his offices – two in Pointe Blanche and one on the A. Th. Illidge Road. There were also searches at the homes of two people in Sucker Garden, identified by the prosecutor’s office as G.W.M. (45) and A.R.L.B.T. (35). All three men were arrested, but O’Neal A. was released after questioning. The other two suspects have been taken into custody and will appear before the judge of instruction probably on Friday.
The police force, customs, the Detective Collaboration Team RST and the Royal Marechaussee took part in the searches.
Officers confiscated drugs, documents, administration, computers and digital data carriers.
The shooting at the Westin in May has all the hallmarks of a drug deal gone wrong, though all suspects in this investigation are suspected of involvement in money laundering. Two people were injured during the shooting – Karim L. and Levy W. The latter was sentenced in 2010 to 7 years and 9 months of imprisonment for his involvement in a rip deal that ended with the death of drug dealer Marco Beaumont on May 1, 2009.
Three days after the shooting at the Westin police arrested Karim L. and a man identified as A.J. who jumped from the second floor of the parking garage to evade bullets. Levy W. was so seriously injured that he had to be flown to the Dominican Republic for treatment.
On Monday the Judge of Instruction released A.J. represented by attorney Cor Merx, from custody.