Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Cops make multiple gun finds across the island

In their bid to make communities safer by removing firearms and ammunition from the hands of criminals island-wide, a number of seizures were made over a 48-hour period earlier this week.

On Tuesday between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., an operation was conducted in the Grants Pen area of St Andrew, where a 12-gauge shotgun was found hidden in the rafting of a roof at a premises.

No one was arrested in relation to the find.

On Wednesday at about 8:00 a.m., in Granville, St James, a Colt .38 Special revolver, along with three .38 cartridges, was seized during a police operation. The weapon was found in an abandoned building.

Again, no one was arrested in relation to the seizure.

About 1:30 p.m. the same day, police officers were on patrol on the Slipe main road in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, when they saw a man repairing a motorcycle along the roadway. On seeing the police, the man ran, leaving behind a black plastic bag. The bag was retrieved, searched and found to contain a .38 revolver.

In Central Village, St Catherine the same day, in an area known as ‘Compound’, police officers were on patrol when they heard explosions and saw a group of masked men running from the area. A search was conducted and a magazine containing twenty three 9mm rounds of ammunition was seized.

Gun seizures continued on Thursday at about 1:00 p.m., during a follow-up operation on Brown’s Lane in Central Village, when an Intra-Tec 9mm submachine gun was found in bushes.

No one was arrested in connection with the seizure.

In Harbour View, Kingston 17 in the Kingston Eastern Police Division, officers arrested six persons in connection with the seizure of a Luger semi-automatic pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun, along with eleven 9mm cartridges and forty one 12-gauge cartridges. The weapons were found on the roof of a premises in the area.

The police are encouraging citizens to help in the effort to create safer communities by sharing information about illegal guns and ammunition in support of the ‘Get the Guns Campaign’. Persons with information that could lead to the recovery of weapons and ammunition/explosives should call Crime Stop at 311, the police 119 emergency number, or contact the nearest police station. Attractive rewards are in store for such information, with the process being structured to be handled in a confidential way.

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