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More high-powered weapons, ammunition seized in St James

Published:Saturday | January 27, 2018 | 2:59 PM

The security forces have seized two more high-powered assault rifles and 149 rounds of ammunition in St James where a state of public emergency has been declared.

This find now brings to four, the number of high-powered assault rifles found since the State of Emergency was declared on January 18.   

The latest two were found during a police-military operation in Granville, St. James yesterday.

It is reported that approximately 3pm, the security forces went to premises on Gordon Crescent in search of wanted men and illegal guns. 

A modified M16 rifle with three magazines, one of which was a double barrelled variant, was found hidden along a fence line adjacent to an open lot.

The magazines contained 149 7.62 rifle rounds. 

The search continued and approximately two hours later, an AK-47 and one magazine was found hidden in bushes nearby. 

No arrest was made in connection with yesterday's seizure but search operations are still underway.  

"The Security Forces continue to make gains in the fight against lawlessness which exists in St James, having already arrested several wanted men and removed a number of weapons from the hands of criminals," said a spokesperson for the security forces.

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