25 detained, five motorcycles seized in Red Hills Road police operation
The police have confirmed that most of the 25 persons detained during an operation on Sunrise Crescent in St Andrew yesterday morning were process and released.
Yesterday, Assistant Police Commissioner Derrick ‘Cowboy’ Knight, head of Police Area Five, in which the St Andrew North Police Division falls, said six of the men held were among those being sought for various crimes in the Corporate Area.
Knight told The Gleaner that 29 premises and 111 persons were searched yesterday as the police implement a renewed surge against criminals who have murdered more than 670 people across Jamaica since the start of this year.
“That area was selected as part of the islandwide surge that the commissioner has launched against criminal elements,” said Knight, as he added that Sunrise Crescent has been plagued with extortion and robberies.
“There’s an ongoing gang feud in that area that we have been watching from last year; but that whole Red Hills Road area has been a headache for us,” added Knight while listing several recent incidents including the murder of one man.
No illegal firearms were seized in the operation, which took place at an open lot, nestled on the residential roadway. The lot led into a multi-complex informal community.
One person was detained for possession of motor-vehicle parts for which he could not account; while five motorcycles were seized as the owners had no papers for them.
At least 27 people have been murdered in the St Andrew North Police Division since January.