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Security forces cut down thug in search for 'Duppy Film'

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju
Members of a joint police-military operation in search of wanted men in a a community called ‘Crusher’, near Harbour View, St Andrew, yesterday.
Trucks parked outside Caribbean Cement Company Ltd, which was impacted by yesterday's search for Marlon 'Duppy Film' Perry.
Police take hold of a Uzi submachine gun that was recovered during the joint police-military operation in a community called ‘Crusher’ in east rural St Andrew.

Evidence suggests that the gunmen who yesterday engaged a joint police-military team in a fierce gun battle in a region known as 'Crusher', on the outskirts of Harbour View in east rural St Andrew, might have been preparing for an extended stay in the out-of-the-way community when the security forces disrupted their plans.

Among the items abandoned by the men as they fled were a pot with raw meat; clean items of clothing, including underwear; a well-thumbed New Testament Bible; a mobile phone with a charger; as well as a pack of condoms - all stored in a well-worn knapsack.

On approaching a river, the joint-security team reportedly came under fire from gangsters allied to Marlon 'Duppy Film' Perry, who has been implicated in the December 2015 murders of Corporal Kenneth Davis and Constable Craig Palmer at a shop on the Poor Man's Corner main road in St Thomas.

The security officers returned the fire, and afterwards, a man found suffering from gunshot wounds was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A Uzi submachine gun, a 9-millimetre pistol, and about 30 rounds of ammunition were recovered.

Afterwards, another of Perry's cronies was found hiding in a church nearby in Harbour Head.

Meanwhile, operations at the Caribbean Cement Company Ltd were affected as the police and soldiers extended their search for Perry to its premises, effectively stalling business, resulting in a number of trucks being forced to park outside while they combed the area. However, up to press time, he was still on the run.

The operation included police from St Thomas, supported by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Air Wing, and the special teams from the JDF and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a massive collaborative effort.

"We [have] been using all the intelligence-gathering capabilities of the JCF and the JDF because of how dangerous, he (Perry) is, and this morning, our search led to this area, where he was with a number of other armed gang members. They engaged us, and as a result, one individual was killed," JDF spokesman Major Basil Jarrett told The Gleaner.

He said the search for Duppy Film would continue.

Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to the capture of Perry has been increased to $1.5 million.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Branch headquarters at 922-4741 or 922-4487, Yallahs Police at 982-5075, Crime Stop at 311, 811, Stay Alert App, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.