Five weapons seized in four days in St James

July 16, 2019
The Uzi sub-machine gun which was seized during an operation carried out in Unity Hall, St James last Saturday.
The Uzi sub-machine gun which was seized during an operation carried out in Unity Hall, St James last Saturday.

The St James police say they have seized five illegal firearms, including a Uzi sub-machine gun, within the parish over the past five days, and have arrested three persons in connection with the seizures.

Reports are that on Saturday evening, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers were on an operation at a section of Unity Hall, when they saw a man acting in a suspicious manner.

When he was approached, he ran and threw away the firearm and escaped into a drainage culvert. The soldiers gave chase, but the unidentified male managed to escape into nearby bushes.

The firearm was retrieved and it found to be an Uzi, along with several live rounds.

"We have had a productive weekend when it comes to firearm seizures," one senior officer told THE WESTERN STAR. "The joint military teams have reaped success since Thursday through to the weekend, and have managed to seize some five illegal firearms, and three persons have been taken into custody in connection with some of those seizures."

The officer said that since the start of the year, the St James police have already seized more than 50 illegal firearms, compared to 94 illegal guns being seized at the end of 2018.

"Over 17 of the weapons seized since January were recovered under the state of public emergency since May," the officer said.

Last Thursday, a man who attempted to breach the security checkpoint in Montpelier, St James, was held with an illegal firearm.

Then last Saturday, three illegal guns were seized in Mount Salem, Spring Mount, and Unity Hall.

The latest seizure took place on Sunday at King Gate in Anchovy, where JDF soldiers shot and killed a wanted man, and a 9mm pistol with several rounds of ammunition were taken from him.

- H.B.

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