Men coming from funeral held with guns

December 12, 2016

Three men who were coming from a funeral in Hanover have been arrested an charged for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

The men were held in a vehicle check point operation on Sunday. They were returning from a funeral of a man who was stabbed and killed in the parish.

Police said that there was a shooting on the way to the funeral. However, the vehicle check point operation, while led to the recovery of the guns, had nothing to do with that incident.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Hartley Coley, head of the Hanover police, said cops were instructed by Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams to increase stop and search operations.

"We are getting marvellous returns from these stop and searches," Coley told THE STAR Online.

Nearly 600 firearms have been seized by the police since the start of the year.

Reports from the Lucea Police are that about 4:45 p.m., a team was conducting an operation on the Mosquito Cove main road in the parish when they signalled a group of men travelling on motorcycles to stop. They were searched and a Browning pistol with a magazine containing four 9mm cartridges taken from one of the men’s waistband. He along with the pillion travelling on his motorcycle were taken into custody.

Shortly after, the driver of a Nissan motorcar was signalled to stop and a Berretta 9mm pistol with a magazine containing ten 9mm rounds seized. He was also taken into custody.