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UPDATE: Barrels repackaged, shipped to Jamaica after massive gun bust

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 2:03 PM
The guns that were seized by United States law enforcement that were to be shipped to Montego Bay. – Contributed Photo

The two barrels that were intercepted in the United States (US) last month with an arsenal of 119 guns and more than 200 rounds of ammunition destined for Jamaica were repackaged with other goods and allowed to continue to Montego Bay, Jamaican law enforcement sources have revealed.

According to one source, the move was part of a covert attempt by American law enforcement operatives to apprehend persons linked to the shipment.

The source revealed that the barrels had been under the watchful eyes of American law enforcement agents and personnel from Jamaica’s Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) division since they arrived in Montego Bay last month.

However, it’s reported that no one has come forward to collect them.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, who heads C-TOC, declined to comment when contacted today. “I have no comment on that matter,” Bailey told The Gleaner.

After days of surveillance, law enforcement insiders said the joint team moved in last evening and retrieved the barrels. 

It’s reported, too, that investigators collected forensic and other evidence they believe can lead them to the persons connected to the shipment.