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Published: Monday | December 23, 2013 Comments 0

Three dead, cops seize seven guns

The police have arrested four men and killed three others in connection with the seizure of seven guns in three separate incidents across the island on the weekend.

According to the police, a team of lawmen on operation in the area accosted four men along the Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine, Saturday morning. The men were searched and a Taurus pistol and eight .44 rounds of ammunition were found in their possession. All four men were arrested.

In Westmoreland Saturday afternoon, the police shot and killed three men during an operation to find members of the Alma Gang in Little London. The police say they were attacked by the men who were armed with high-powered rifles.

One M16 assault rifle, one AK-47 rifle, a shotgun, one nine-millimetre Taurus pistol, and 94 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized.

Also on Saturday afternoon, the police seized an AK-47 rifle in Arnett Gardens, south St Andrew. No suspects have been arrested in relation to the incident.

Caribbean signs on to hunger-eradication plan

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says a group of South American and Caribbean countries has adopted a common plan of action, designed with FAO support, to eradicate hunger and poverty.

The FAO said the agreement was announced during the Second Extraordinary Summit of the PetroCaribe oil bloc and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples' Trade Treaty.

Lawyer on bail in money-laundering case

Attorney-at-law Dawn Satterswaite has been released on bail after three days in police custody for her alleged involvement in a massive money-laundering scheme.

At her first court appearance on Friday, Satterswaite and her two co-accused, Paulette Higgins and Janet Ramsay, were each granted bail in the sum of $10 million.

Satterswaite's attorney, Anthony Pearson, told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre that his client took up her bail offer on Friday.

The three are facing money-laundering charges for their alleged ties to admitted Jamaican drug kingpin Andrew Hamilton, who is awaiting sentencing in the United States on drugs, money laundering, and firearm-related charges.

In outlining the case against them, prosecutors charged that between 1998 and 2009, Hamilton acquired more than $500 million in high-value assets and that Satterswaite was the person responsible for maintaining them.

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