Friday 30 October, 2020

Three held for gun and ammunition seizures

File photo

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Three men were arrested and charged in relation to the seizure of two firearms and 19 rounds ammunition across three police divisions on Friday, August 24.

The first incident occurred in the St Catherine North Police Division at about 1:30 p.m., when members of the Spanish Town police responded to loud explosions in the Hartland area. The team saw a Toyota Probox motorcar and signalled the driver to stop.

The driver and the vehicle were searched and a knapsack was reportedly found with six 9mm cartridges.

The driver’s identity is being withheld pending further investigation by the police.

The second seizure occurred about 10:00 p.m. in the St Catherine South Police Division, where members of the Bridgeport police carried out a snap raid at a bar.

A man identified as Alton McKenzie, otherwise called ‘Tony’, a 57-year-old painter of Westmeade, Portmore in St Catherine, was seen and searched. A Glock pistol with a magazine loaded with eight 9mm rounds was reportedly taken from him.

He was arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and is scheduled to appear in the Gun Court on Tuesday, September 11.

The third seizure occurred in the St Andrew South Police Division along Pelican Parade in the Kingston 11 area, where a team of officers assigned to the Hunts Bay police conducted an operation at a party that was being held at a location at about 11:30 p.m.

A Taurus 9mm pistol with five live cartridges was reportedly seized by the police. Thirty-two-year-old Otis Billet, a conductor of Woodpecker Avenue, Kingston 11, was taken into custody in relation to the seizure.

The schedule for his first court appearance on charges relative to the seizure of the gun and ammunition is to be announced at a later date.

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