Twenty-two unlawful weapons and a big amount of ammunition had been seized on the wharf in Freeport, Montego Bay earlier in the present day. Nationwide Safety Minister Dr. Horace Chang says he hopes Friday’s seizure will discourage others from making an attempt to ship weapons to Jamaica by means of the ports.
“This sort of discover, we’re very pleased to listen to and we stay up for extra, however not a lot extra. So those that try to deliver them in cease the exercise as a result of no matter they do, we’ll discover a method. The prison thoughts is sensible, however our police and safety forces…are going to intercept and disrupt one of these exercise,” he mentioned whereas chatting with the media concerning the discover.
A police operation involving detectives hooked up to the Freeport Police Station and customs officers remains to be finishing up searches on the wharf, the place the firearms and various rounds had been seized.
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In line with experiences, shortly after 5 p.m., legislation enforcers had been alerted to a suspicious container which had arrived on the wharf from a vacation spot within the USA.
A search was carried out of the container, which resulted within the seizure of 21 Glock pistols, a Cobra revolver and ammunition.
A number of individuals together with workers on the compound are being questioned in reference to the seizure.
Chang mentioned whereas the Montego Bay port has confirmed a problem for the safety forces, they “are getting on high of it, and if we are able to get on high of it we are able to put a dent within the provide and definitely management the extent of violence within the nation.”
Chang revealed that the native authorities additionally acquired help from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The Jamaican authorities has been partaking US authorities on additional measures that could possibly be taken to stem the move of unlawful weapons into Jamaica, with a concentrate on larger safety measures on the ports together with securing extra scanners.