7 guns, 78 assorted ammo in two days
A total of seven firearms and 78 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized by the police in separate incidents across the island over a 48-hour period this week.
The police report that six people were arrested in connection with the seizures and could face criminal charges.
An Intra-Tec 9mm submachine gun and two 12-gauge shotguns were among the weapons seized.
“Lawmen continue to make communities safer having removed several firearms and ammunition from the hands of criminals island wide over a 48 hour period,” the police said in a statement.
The first weapon was seized on Tuesday when a 12-gauge shotgun was found in the roof of a house in Grants Pen, St Andrew.
The following day the police say a .38 revolver containing three rounds of ammunition was found in an abandoned building during an operation in Granville, St James.
Hours later in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, the police say a team was on patrol when they saw a man repairing a motorcycle along the roadway. It’s reported that on seeing the police, he ran leaving a dark plastic bag found to contain a .38 revolver.
Later that day, the police say a team was on patrol in an area known as ‘Compound’, in Central Village, St Catherine when they heard explosions and saw a group of masked men running from the area. A search was reportedly conducted and a magazine containing twenty-three 9mm bullets found.
The police say the Intra-Tec 9mm submachine gun was found in bushes during an operation in Brown’s Lane, Central Village, St Catherine.
The other two weapons, a Luger semi-automatic pistol and a 12-gauge submachine gun, along with eleven 9mm bullets and forty-one 12-gauge cartridges, were found on Thursday in the roof of a house located in Harbour View, in east Kingston. Six people were taken into custody in connection with the seizures.
The Police are encouraging citizens to help create safer communities by sharing information about illegal guns with Crime Stop at 311, the police emergency number 119 or contact the nearest police station.