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JAMAICA | Jackson commends custom workers, JCF on gun find

Featured  Opposition shadow Minister of National Security Fitz Jackson M.P. is applauding members of Customs and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on the major gun and ammunition find at the Kingston container terminal. Opposition shadow Minister of National Security Fitz Jackson M.P. is applauding members of Customs and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on the major gun and ammunition find at the Kingston container terminal.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, October 5, 2018: Opposition shadow Minister of National Security Fitz Jackson, is applauding members of The Jamaica Customs Agency  and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on the major gun and ammunition find at the Kingston container terminal on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Guns at the wharf460Mr. Jackson said the find has dealt a blow to the flow of weapons into the country and without doubt has saved many lives and those who played a part in detecting and stopping the shipment deserve the highest commendation.

He said the police must bring all those who sought to import these illegal weapons into the country to justice.

Mr. Jackson said too many lives have been snuffed out on account of the proliferation of weapons in the hands of criminals and that every effort must be made to stop the gun flow and to rid the nation's streets of weapons.

“Those who man the ports of entry play a key role in the fight against criminality and stopping the illegal guns from entering the country at the port is a critical part of the effort,” he said.

At same time, Mr. Jackson is applauding the successful efforts of the security forces in foiling the gun distribution operation in the Newlands community of Portmore where persons were apprehended.

Four persons are now in police custody in connection with the seizure the large cache of guns and ammunition found at the wharf in Kingston Wednesday.

Two women were picked up during subsequent operations.

A 43 year old taxi operator and a 24 year old unemployed man both of Kingston 13 addresses were detained shortly after the snap operation at the wharf.

Ten guns including an Uzi submachine gun, 26 magazines, 640 bullets and a silencer were seized.

They were found in a barrel containing grocery.

ammo at the wharf460The guns and ammunition are believed to have been shipped to Jamaica from the United States.

The operation was carried out by members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch, CTOC, and the Police Narcotics Division with support from the Contraband Enforcement Team of the Jamaica Customs Agency.

In the meantime, Investigators will on Saturday question the police corporal who was nabbed on Tuesday night while allegedly delivering firearms to gunmen in Newlands in Portmore, St. Catherine.

The 52 year old corporal is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney, Peter Champagnie.
 
Investigators claimed the corporal, who is attached to the St. Catherine South Police Division, is a member of the Umbrella gang.
 
He was arrested during an operation by members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) in Newlands.
 
The cops intercepted his vehicle and seized an AK47 rifle, a Taurus pistol and more than 20 rounds of ammunition. A pair of licence plates was reportedly found in the trunk of the car.
 
It is alleged that the policeman was delivering the guns and ammunition to members of the Umbrella gang who are locked in a deadly feud with rival factions in Newlands.
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