The heightened operational activities by the police over the New Year holiday season have resulted in the seizure of nine firearms and 86 assorted rounds of ammunition off the nation’s streets between Monday, December 30, and Wednesday, January 1.
Operations within the various geographical divisions yielded the following in relation to the seizure of firearm and ammunition:
• St Catherine North – three firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle,
• St. Andrew Central – two firearms
• St. James – two firearms
• Trelawny – one firearm
• Kington West – one firearm
In the first incident, the St Catherine North police seized a Taurus 9mm pistol and magazine containing fourteen 9mm rounds of ammunition in Chapel Top, Kitson Town in St Catherine on December 30. A man has been apprehended in connection with the seizure.
Reports are that about midday, lawmen were conducting an operation in the area when the accused man premises was searched and the firearm and ammunition were reportedly found in a room.
He was arrested, however his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.
In the second incident in the division, an AK-47 assault rifle and five rounds of ammunition were seized during an operation by the Spanish Town police on March Pen Road, St Catherine on December 31.
Reports are that about 7.40 am, a search of bushes in the area was carried out and the weapon was found under a tree. No one was arrested in connection with the seizure.
Investigations continue into the discovery.
A Sig Sauer 9mm pistol and 25 rounds of ammunition were also seized on Burke Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine December 31. Two men were taken into custody following the seizure.
Report from the Spanish Town police are that about 4.10 pm, lawmen were on patrol along Burke Road when two men who were acting in a manner that arouse the suspicion of the police, were accosted and searched and the weapon was reportedly found.
The officers also reportedly seized three lead sheets containing identity information of persons living overseas.
The men were subsequently arrested, however, their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.
In the St Andrew Central division, the Matilda’s Corner police seized a Glock 19C 9mm pistol, a Taurus 9mm Pistol, two magazines and twenty 9mm rounds of ammunition on Cedar Valley Road in St Andrew on December 31. Three men were arrested in connection with the seizure.
Reports are that about 8.35 pm, police were conducting an operation on Cedar Valley Road when the signalled the driver of a white Toyota Probox motorcar to stop. A search of the vehicle and the three occupants reportedly resulted in the firearms and ammunitions being found and seized.
The vehicle has since been seized and the men arrested. Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.
A team of officers assigned to the Half-Way Tree Police Station later seized a .45 Colt pistol with one cartridge on Riverside Drive in Kintyre, August Town. A man was taken into custody and has been charged by the police.
He is 23-year-old Jonathon Coote, a chef of Riverside Drive, who has been charged with illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.
Reports are that about 11.25 pm, the team was on patrol on Riverside Drive when Coote’s behaviour aroused their suspicion. He was accosted and searched and the firearm and ammunition was reportedly found in his possession. He was subsequently arrested and charged.
A court date has not been ascertained for him.
In St James, a 9mm pistol with a magazine containing two 9mm rounds of ammunition was seized by the police while on mobile patrol in Roehampton, Cambridge in the parish on December 31. A man was arrested in connection with seizure.
Reports are that about 8.30 pm, law enforcement personnel were on operation in the area when the accused aroused their suspicion. He was accosted, searched and the firearm was reportedly found in his possession.
His identity is being withheld pending further investigations.
Later, a joint police/military team seized a Taurus PT 24/7 Pro DS.45 pistol with one round of ammunition on Water Lily Crescent in Norwood, St James. Two men were held in connection with the seizure.
Reports from the Montego Hills police are that about 12.07 am, citizens heard explosions and summoned them. Upon arrival of the lawmen, five men were observed armed with handguns and rifles. The gunmen reportedly opened fire on the police team and ran. The teams gave chase, resulting in the apprehension of the men and the seizure of the firearm and ammunition.
Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.
In Trelawny, a 9mm pistol with five 9mm cartridges was seized in Bottom New Hope district, Warsop in the parish. A man was arrested in connection with the seizure.
He is 36-year-old Leighton Johnson, otherwise called ‘Lion’ or ‘Pepsi’, a mason of New Hope, Troy in the parish.
Reports are that about 10.39 pm, a team of officers from the Ulster Spring Police Station was conducting an operation in the area, when they observed a gathering at a bar. Upon further observation, Johnson’s actions aroused their suspicion. He was subsequently searched and the firearm was reportedly found in his possession.
He has been charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.
His court date has not yet been ascertained.
In Kingston, reports from the Denham Town police are that about 2.10 am, officers were on an operation on 8th Street in Trench Town, when a Desert Eagle firearm with a magazine containing thirteen .357 rounds of ammunition was seized on December 31.
A man has been arrested in relation to the seizure, but his identity is being withheld pending further investigation.