Monday 1 June, 2020

Five illegal guns, over 200 rounds of ammunition seized in St James

Five firearms, including two high powered rifles and over 200 rounds of ammunition, were seized during an operation in Anchovy, St James on Saturday.

Police sources report that three persons are now in custody in connection with the find.

Full details of the operation are not clear at this time but preliminary reports are that a team of police officers went to the Roehampton area of St James and during a search the weapons were found.

Police say they have seized over 500 guns and more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition since the start of the year under their 'Get the Guns' campaign.

Police report that during the period January 1 to July 9 alone a total of 449 guns and 7,899 rounds of ammunition were seized.

Statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that thirty percent (135) of the illegal firearms removed from the streets, over the mentioned period, were seized in Area Four which comprises of Kingston Central, Kingston East, Kingston West, St. Andrew Central and St. Andrew South.

They were closely trailed by Area One which comprises of Hanover, St. James, Trelawny and Westmoreland which accounted for over 28% of the firearms seized.

The majority of the assorted rounds of ammunition seized for the mentioned period, 51 percent (4015 rounds), were seized in Area One with St. James alone accounting for 44% (3476 rounds) of the ammunition seized in the country.

Police said the ‘Get the Guns’ campaign, which got under way September 2015, is one of the JCF’s crime-fighting initiatives aimed at reducing the number of guns available for use in murders across the island.


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