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WEST KINGSTON ENQUIRY: 50-calibre rifles deployed in west Kingston

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 6:34 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A senior member of the Jamaican military today revealed that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) deployed two 50 calibre rifles during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens.

The disclosure was made by Lieutenant Colonel Mahatma Williams, who was the commander of the unit specifically tasked with apprehending drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

He told the west Kingston commission that the high-powered rifles were deployed in the vicinity of Marcus Garvey Drive.

He was testifying during cross-examination by attorney-at-law William Panton, who is representing the Office of the Public Defender.

Williams said the two 50-calibre rifles were deployed in response to intelligence that thugs loyal to Coke had the same kind of weapon in their arsenal.

However, attorney-at-law Linton Gordon, who is representing the JDF, took issue with the line of questioning and urged commission chairman Sir David Simmons to bar Panton from going further.

He explained that the weapons may have been placed at person’s residences and that may not be fair to say.

Simmons indicated that he did not want to know the exact location where the JDF 50 calibre rifles were deployed, but insisted that Williams could reveal the community where they were.

Lieutenant Colonel Williams responded that they were placed in the vicinity of Marcus Garvey Drive