Monday 25 March, 2019

Almost 100 illegal guns seized in St James since SOE

Photo caption:
From left: SSP Anthony Morris; Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson; National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang; and Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Photo caption: From left: SSP Anthony Morris; Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson; National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang; and Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The police are reporting that some 91 illegal firearms and nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized in St James since the state of emergency (SOE) was declared in the parish in January of this year.

"Since the start of this year, we have recovered 91 firearms and over 1,800 rounds of ammunition as against 161 last year and over 4,815 rounds," said Senior Superintendent Anthony Morris, acting commander of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for the St James SOE, on Saturday.

SSP Morris was speaking at the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay, where Prime Minister Andrew Holness toured the jail cells on Saturday.

As recent as Thursday, November 22, the St James police reported the seizure of a high-powered rifle and a submachine gun during an operation in the parish.

Bulletproof vests and masks were also seized during the operation.

Reports are that about 1:30 p.m., the police were on operation in the Spring Mount section of St James, where they dug up a section of the ground behind a premise and the weapons and the other contraband were found.

No one was arrested in connection with the find.

SSP Morris also disclosed that most of the over 4,000 persons who have been detained in the parish since January have been processed and released.

He also mentioned that currently, there are no children detained under the state of emergency in the parish, but indicated that two have been charged with serious crimes, one for murder and the other with robbery with aggravation.

Photo caption:

From left: SSP Anthony Morris; Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson; National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang; and Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

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