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49 rounds of ammunition found in Granville, St James

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 9:16 AMPaul Clarke
The 49 rounds of ammunition found in Granville, St James, on Tuesday.

Eighty assorted rounds of ammunition have so far been seized in St James since the start of a state of emergency in the parish last Thursday.

The latest find took place during an operation in Granville on Tuesday evening, where 49 7.62 rounds were found.

Major Basil Jarrett, civil military cooperation and media affairs officer of the Jamaica Defence Force, said a joint military and police team were conducting search operations in a number of communities across Montego Bay when they discovered the ammunition stashed in a container and buried.

“The team entered and searched a house on Browns Lane in the Granville community, where a tin container was found underneath the structure. The container was opened and the 49 rounds of ammunition were discovered buried in a powdery substance,” said Jarrett.

The 7.62 round is used in Kalashnikov-type assault rifles that have been linked to numerous murders and shootings in St James. 

No arrests were made in connection with the find; however, five persons were detained as part of the operation.

The security forces continue to urge persons to help in the fight against crime by calling the tip hotline at 837-8888 or via email at takeback.stjames@jdf.mil.jm.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com