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More J'cans calling Crime Stop

Published:Thursday | December 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There are indications that more Jamaicans are telephoning Crime Stop with information about illegal guns and criminal activities.

Crime Stop revealed yesterday that it received 860 telephone calls since January 1, the highest for a calendar year in the past seven years.

"More than one-third of these calls are about illegal firearms and gunmen, with the balance covering over 40 different types of criminal activities," the anti-crime initiative said in a statement yesterday.

According to Crime Stop, the record number of calls resulted in the seizure of 23 illegal firearms, drugs valued at more than $17.2 million, and the recovery of properties valued at $3.5 million.

Crime Stop revealed, too, that the increased telephone calls resulted in the arrest of 55 persons who have been charged with various crimes, including murder, illegal possession of firearm, as well as sacrilege.

The entity said through its partnership with the Betting, Gaming Lotteries Commission, over $900,000 was seized and 33 persons arrested for illegally selling lottery tickets.