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Black market bullet prices going up as gov't cracks down on illegal guns – security minister

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 10:16 AMJason Cross

National Security Minister Robert Montague says the crackdown on the flow of illegal guns and ammunition into the island has resulted in an increase in the price of illegal bullets being sold on the black market.

According to Montague, the two Coast Guard ships that were commissioned recently have been putting a dent in the illicit activity.

Earlier this year, the Government acquired and deployed the two vessels for the protection of Jamaica’s borders from illicit activities.

The national security minister says intelligence has shown that the price of bullets on the street is trending up and law enforcement has attributed the hike to the work of the two vessels.

The national security minister also says investigators are seeing a reduction in the number of spent shells recovered at crime screens in some of the country’s worse hot spots.

Montague said the reduction is also linked to the disruption to the illicit importation.


National Security Minister, Robert Montague

He notes that the ships cover a wider range and complement the enforcement activities of the marine police.

The national security minister says the crackdown will be further boosted when the surveillance plane purchased by the government comes into operation.

Montague was speaking yesterday at a handover ceremony for 30 vehicles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Montague has stated that there are 145 illegal points of entry into Jamaica that are used by smugglers in the guns and drugs trade.