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January 09, 2018
Leon Jackson photo Victor Wright, member of parliament for Northern Trelawny, tour Rodney Bottom with residents. More than 300 residents were marooned after rains lashed sections of the country last week.

Police seized 851 pounds of ganja, a boat, and 13 gallons of gasolene during operations in Holland Bay, St Thomas, on Sunday. One man was arrested in connection with the find. The Morant Bay police said that the illicit drug, boat and gasolene were found hidden among the mangroves. The ganja has an estimated street value of $3.4 million dollars.

A gunman was disarmed by a bus driver in Portmore, St Catherine, on Sunday. The man, who was armed with a 9 mm handgun, tried to rob a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus, but the driver resisted. Passengers assisted the driver and the assailant was disarmed. The weapon was turned over to the police and the robber was taken into custody. An off-duty JUTC employee, who was a passenger on the bus, was also stabbed and during the incident and is being treated at hospital.

Fitz Jackson, the opposition spokesman on national security, has called for the dismissal of Robert Montague as the country's security minister.

Pointing out that Jamaica recorded 1,617 murders last year, Jackson said that there have already been 40 murders in the first week of 2018. The statistics, he said, make it clear that Montague cannot lead the fight against crime, and has lost the confidence of the police and the population as a whole.

Several tax offices will be opened this Saturday, January 13, to facilitate members of the public who are seeking to take advantage of the last day of the traffic ticket amnesty. The following tax offices will operate between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Santa Cruz; Kingston; Constant Spring; Montego Bay; Spanish Town; Port Maria; May Pen; Mandeville; Savanna-la-mar and St. Ann's Bay.