A BP NEWS ALERT: Turks and Caicos political party official arrested on suspicion of bribery
By Global News Correspondent
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Jan Messam, who served as the chief protocol officer for the Progressive National Party (PNP) in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), was arrested in Providenciales (Provo) on Tuesday on suspicion of bribery.
Messam is married to Rex Messam, who is a senior salesman at Prestigious Properties, a real estate firm owned by the Misick family. Washington Misick is reported to head the firm
The couple built a large upscale home in the Chalk Sound area of Provo, which they sold for a considerable sum to Jamaican national David Smith, who headed an investment firm known as Olint. Smith was tried and convicted of investor related fraud in the TCI and sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison.
He has since been extradited to the US, where he is being held for trial on similar charges.
Those who know the couple say they and Smith were close associates and friends. All three worshipped together as strong contributing members of the Community Fellowship Ministry, which is located on Leeward Highway on Provo. The church has experienced considerable growth in the size of their facilities in recent years.
Meanwhile, sources have indicated that three other females are being sought by authorities. One is possibly linked to a former high ranking official of the PNP.
In other crime news, Bahamian drug enforcement police have reported they impounded 16 packages of cocaine from two Bahamian males early Sunday morning, January 16.
The drug bust occurred at the Lynden Pindling International Airport when the two men arrived with the drugs from the Turks and Caicos Islands, reportedly on a private jet.
The 16 packages of the drug are reported to have a value of over $250,000 and were found in a suitcase. The men are listed as 38 and 45 years of age.
Only six days prior, another drug bust occurred in Grand Turk, when police impounded cocaine worth $100,000. Two males were arrested in connection with this incident.
TCI police seem unable to comment on how the two men were able to clear TCI security when boarding the plane.