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Four in custody as police recover illegal guns, ammo

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The police are reporting that they have taken four persons into custody following the seizure of four illegal firearms and 35 assorted rounds of ammunition across four parishes on Friday.

Charged with Illegal Possession of Firearm and Ammunition are: 35-year-old Prince Irving, labourer of Canoe Pond, Oracabessa, St Mary and 22-year-old Demar Williams, otherwise called ‘Demons’, of Gravel Heights in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

In the first seizure detectives from the Narcotics Division were on operation in the car park in Port Maria when Irving was accosted and searched about 4:30 in the afternoon.  

A bag he was carrying was also searched and found to contain one Bersa SA 9mm pistol and seven 9mm cartridges.

He was then taken custody.

The next seizure occurred about 9:15 p.m. when Williams was accosted and a bag he was carrying searched during a snap raid in the Church Pen community of Old Harbour in St Catherine.

One .38 revolver and a magazine containing six .38 rounds of ammunition were reportedly found inside the bag.

He was subsequently arrested.

In the third seizure, the police say a .380 Smith and Wesson pistol with eight .380 rounds of ammunition was taken from the waistband of one of two men who were searched during a special operation in Mansfield Heights, St Ann.

One of the men escaped and the one who reportedly had the illegal firearm taken into custody.

His identity is being withheld pending further investigation.

Finally, the police say they recovered a Taurus 9mm pistol containing fourteen 9mm rounds of ammunition after a male patron at a bar in Grange Hill dropped it on the approach of the police.

The male patron was subsequently taken into custody.

His identity is also being withheld pending further investigations.

In the meantime, Irving is scheduled to appear before the St Mary Parish Court on Wednesday, July 19 while Williams is scheduled to appear in the St Ann Parish Court on Friday, July 28.