Cops still searching for Montague's missing guns

March 16, 2016

Police are still searching for two guns that belong to National Security Minister Robert Montague, which went missing in St Mary just under three years ago.

The guns have not been linked to any crime on the island, but Ealan Powell, Assistant Commissioner of Police, who heads the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), said it is important that they be taken off the streets.

"There are still efforts to find these firearms, and so the matter remains open," Powell said.

In 2013, four guns were stolen from a safe in St Mary. Two of the guns belong to Najub Haberand, the other two to Montague.


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"We are always going to keep the investigations open. It will remain open until at least we have found them and even until after they have been found," Powell told The STAR.

Guns account for the vast majority of the 1,207 murders committed in Jamaica last year.

Powell said that the investigations thus far have revealed that the guns were "properly secured".

"A file was prepared in this matter and submitted to the director of public prosecution who ruled that no criminal charges be laid against Haber or Montague. This ruling was received on September 1, 2014," Powell said.

Montague, the Member of Parliament for St Mary Western, was last week sworn in as national security minister in the Andrew Holness-led Government. Of the 152 candidates who contested the February 25 general election, Montague received the most votes - 11,663.

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