Saturday 7 December, 2019

61 wanted persons held in St James state of emergency - Montague

Robert Montague

Robert Montague

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has revealed that 61 persons who were wanted on warrants, have been arrested so far in St James during the ongoing state of emergency that was declared for the parish on January 18.

The 61 were among 782 people who were detained overall.

At the same time, the minister, who was giving an update during Wednesday’s sitting of Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee that is examining the 2018-2019 Estimates of Expenditure, said 18 firearms, mainly rifles and pistols, and 351 rounds of ammunition, were seized by the security forces.

Also seized were laptop computers, other offensive weapons, motor vehicles, cellular phones and cash.

Montague said the operations are ongoing in terms of vehicular checkpoints, as well as traffic ticketing and other public order matters, as the joint police/military operation is “not only to chase down the perpetrators and criminals, but to also restore public order in all of the towns in St James.”

The Government announced a state of public emergency for St James after a record 335 murders were recorded in the parish in 2017, which saw the island recording 1,616 homicides overall.

At the time it was announced, 10 murders had been committed in St James since the start of the year. The murder tally for the parish now stands at 13.

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