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Hellshire drug bust

Published:Monday | February 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THREE MEN suspected of involvement in the drugs-for-guns trade were held last Friday night and an undisclosed quantity of compressed ganja confiscated by police personnel who swooped down on Sugarman Beach in Hellshire, St Catherine.

The seizure occurred about9 p.m. when personnel from the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division and National Intelligence Bureau intercepted a drug transaction.

A blazing gun battle reportedly ensued between the criminals and investigators, which forced scared diners to flee.

Following the firefight, two men were held along the beach and a motor car seized. A second vehicle was seized and a third man detained in Portmore.

Cops praised for find

Meanwhile, operations officer for the St Catherine South Division, Deputy Superintendent of Police Clive Blair, praised the sleuths' work.

"The fight against drugs or any other criminal act is a very difficult undertaking. Therefore, any external assistance is welcome," Blair said.

At a recent Gleaner Editors Forum held at the Portmore Municipal Council, politicians, businesspersons and the police cited Hellshire Beach as a key trans-shipment point in the drugs-for-guns trade.

rasbert.turner@gleanerjm.com