The accused was arrested on Tuesday following a months-long investigation, which also included the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.
Police say the accused was cornered while driving in the Highway 401 and Brock Road area of Pickering.
Durham Regional Police investigators say that in late May of this year, they received information from the RCMP about an alleged plot to kill two Jamaican residents.
Durham's homicide unit began a coordinated investigation with the assistance of the RCMP, the FBI and the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Unit (MOCA), which is based in Jamaica.
Investigators say they were able to confirm that the accused, a Canadian citizen, had travelled to Jamaica in mid-May 2019 to help plan the alleged murder.
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The plan did not proceed and the Jamaican couple was unharmed, Durham police say. Investigators did not disclose any other details.
The accused was held for a bail hearing. Police are asking anyone with information about the investigation to contact the Durham Regional Police Service homicide unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5407.
Ajax man arrested after allegedly plotting to murder couple living in Jamaica
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AJAX, Ont. — Police say a man from southern Ontario has been arrested after he allegedly plotted to murder a couple living in Jamaica.
Durham Regional Police say they were notified by the RCMP in May about the allegations involving a 56-year-old man from Ajax, Ont.
They say the investigation revealed that the man, who is a Canadian citizen, travelled to Jamaica in May to allegedly help plan the murder.
Police spokesman Const. George Tudos says it is believed the man was plotting the murder with other suspects in Jamaica, but he is not aware of any arrests in that country.
The investigation began in late May after Durham police were made aware of an RCMP investigation into an alleged plot to murder two people in Jamaica, police said. Police were able to confirm that a Canadian citizen travelled to the Caribbean in mid-May to help plan the murder, which was not carried out, police said.
Tudos says the two Jamaican residents were not harmed and the man was arrested Tuesday morning while he was driving in Pickering, Ont.
Police say the Ajax, Ont., man has been charged with conspiracy to murder and counselling offence that is not committed.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version quoted a police spokesman as saying the accused and the couple knew each other.