(CMR) Former Jamaican top cop, Renato Adams is now ineligible to enter the United States.
The shocking revelation came as part of a US State Department announcement on Friday (December 11) which said that Adams alongside 16 others lost the privilege to visit the US due to human rights violations that date back to more than a decade ago.
Adams, Patrick Coke, Shayne Lyons, Leford Gordon, Roderick Collier, Devon Bernard and their immediate family members are also covered by the designation and are ineligible for entry to the United States.
The now retired senior superintendent of police was appointed to lead the crime management unit in 2000.
Adams was placed in the spotlight following the controversial killing of four persons in Kraal, Clarendon.
On Tuesday, May 7 2003 45-year-old Angela Richards, 38-year-old Ferris Thompson, Matthew James and a man known only as ‘Renegade' were killed in an alleged shootout with members of the crime management unit.
Adams and five members of his unit were charged with murder, however the charges were later dropped.
According to the US Department of State, its action underscored its commitment to promoting accountability for perpetrators of human rights violations in Jamaica, noting that it values its close partnership with the government and people.
Several former government officials from El Salvador and one official from China, also had their US visas revoked under the same designation.