TOO MUCH GUNS IN JAMAICA : St James police joyful over gun, bullet find

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com  Sunday, April 23, 2017

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The St James police are celebrating the interception of a massive cache of guns and ammunition at the Montego Bay wharf on Friday.
The cops cut off eight illegal weapons and 1496 assorted rounds of bullets before they could reach the clutches of criminals.
According to head of the St James Police Division Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, the weapons, which included a high-powered rifle, a shotgun and six handguns, and the mixed ammo, were found by the police in two barrels during a search at the wharf.
01The barrels were shipped from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA address, the senior cop disclosed. SSP Nesbeth noted that a probe is now underway in connection with the find, but so far no one has been held.
He further noted that earlier this year, arrests were made and charges laid in connection with a similar discovery at the wharf, situated in Freeport.
“It is to be noted that this is not the first time in recent times that guns have been found on the wharf.
Earlier this year two persons were arrested after two weapons were found under similar circumstances,” SSP Nesbeth told the
Jamaica Observer.
Last month, Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant, who was acting as commissioner of police, reported that 135 people were arrested in connection with the seizure of 183 illegal firearms, up to that point.
“Since the beginning of the year we have arrested 135 persons for illegal possession of firearms, we have seized 183 illegal firearms,” DCP Grant stated. more