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Jamaican police seek overseas help to track international link in gun/ammo bust

Published:Friday | December 31, 2010 | 12:12 PM

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says the Jamaica Constabulary Force will be enlisting the help of its international partners to probe the latest gun and ammunition bust.

Police investigators this morning seized more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition at a house in the upscale St Andrew community of Liguanea Avenue.

The police swooped down on the house as a follow up to yesterday’s seizure of seven guns, 25 loaded magazines and 33 rounds of ammunition at a suspected gun shop on McWhinney Street near the General Penitentiary in east Kingston.

A 55-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with today’s seizure of 1340 round of ammunition.

The police say the man is believed to be one of the main persons behind a lucrative guns and ammunition trading ring in the island.

Yesterday a 48-year-old woman was taken into custody for questioning following the seizure of seven guns and ammunition on McWhinney Street.

In a statement today Commissioner Ellington said based on the investigations so far it’s clear that the seizures involve transnational links.

He said the police will be working closely with its overseas partners to discover the country or countries of origin of the guns and bullets.

According to Commissioner Ellington, the investigations will help law enforcement authorities to identify all the individuals involved so that they can be charged both overseas and in Jamaica.

In addition he said the police will be using the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize the assets of the criminals.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has praised the investigators for the work they did in seizing the guns and ammunition.

He has described the seizures as major cracks in the illegal guns and ammunition trade.