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Police seize 12 firearms in the last 24 hours

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2016 | 1:17 PM

The police are reporting that 12 firearms and over 100 rounds of ammunition have been seized in operations across the island in the last 24 hours.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says eight persons have been taken into custody in connection with the seizures, but adds that their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

CCU says six firearms were recovered in St James, which has already recorded more than 100 murders this year.

According to the police, three firearms were seized in Kingston and St Andrew and one each in St Thomas, Mandeville and St Catherine.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says the seizure of 12 firearms over a 24-hour period demonstrates the resolve of the police to remove guns from the hands of criminals.

Williams also noted that the weapons were seized without any gunfire and said this was a clear demonstration of professionalism.

The police reported that in one of the operations a Glock pistol was taken from two men travelling in a motor vehicle inside a plaza on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.