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West Kingston Enquiry: 2010 operation disrupted criminal underworld weapons supply

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 3:02 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
In this 2010 file photo supporters of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke protest along Spanish Town road in Kingston.

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says after 2001 the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke-led gang Presidential Click significantly upgraded it's firepower.

In 2001 there was a commission of enquiry into another police-military operations in Coke's Tivoli Gardens stronghold that left several persons dead.

Testifying before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry today, Ellington said the gang invested in high-calibre weapons such as 50-calibre and shoulder-propelled rifles as well as explosive devices.

"This represented a shift from single target weapons to group target weapons," he observed.

The retired top cop also revealed that the gang was major hub through which illegal firearms are supplied to the criminal underworld.

"So they would have new and better weapons.

But the (2010) operations has disrupted this weapons supply," he said.

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is looking into the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens in which more than 70 persons were killed.