The problem-plagued Mount Salem community in St James, which has been a hotbed of gang-related violence, was yesterday targeted by a strong detachment of police and soldiers, who conducted house-to-house searches for gangsters and guns.
"As you can see, a major operation is taking place in the community, but we are not a part of it," a policewoman at the Mt Salem Police Station told The Gleaner. "We have absolutely no information on what is taking place."
When the Gleaner team drove through the community, scores of police personnel and soldiers were seen in areas such as Crawford Street, Piggott Street, and O'Conner Lane - the epicentre of the gang violence.
"Look what wi good, good community come to," said an elderly woman in the Crawford Street area, where there was a recent murder. "At least the police and soldiers are not shooting up the place."
On Piggott Street, where there was a double murder earlier this month, there was a noticeable absence of young men out in the open.
Attempts to get an update on the operation from the security forces on the ground were either met by stony faces or directives to check with the Constabulary Communication Network.