Gun bay - Five illegal firearms seized in three days in Old Harbour Bay
Superintendent Leighton Gray, head of operations, St Catherine South Police, has vowed to restore Old Harbour Bay to its tradition of being the place for Jamaicans to travel from far and wide to purchase fish, not guns.
Gray led a joint team of police and military personnel into Old Harbour Bay early last Friday morning and seized two weapons, a sniper rifle and a handgun - making it five guns recovered in the area in three days.
Three illegal guns were recovered by the police last Tuesday in an alleged gun battle in which four men were fatally shot and three handguns seized during what Richards said was a gun purchase in progress.
"In recent times, we have had some increase in robberies, including the use of guns, in which persons have been shot. This increase, based on intelligence, is tied to the drugs-for-guns trade," said Gray.
"What we have done is to increase our level of operational activities. Last Tuesday, we had a quadruple fatal shooting involving men who came into the area to buy firearms. We accosted the players and they engaged the police in a firefight.
"We returned to the area last Friday as part of the ongoing operation, and found two more guns. There were no fatalities this time around but we held one man, said to be the mastermind behind the operations out there," Gray added.
Cash was found in the Tuesday operation and eight pounds of compressed ganja seized on Friday, leaving Gray convinced that the police are making inroads into the deadly drugs-for-guns trade, which has been pulling gunmen from all over the island to Old Harbour Bay.