Guns and Ammo found in McCooks Pen St Catherine
Eight firearms including three high powered weapons (an M16, and two Ak 47 assault rifles), one desert eagle rifle, two glock 9mm pistols, one 357 magnum, a Smith and Weston Revolver, more then 270 assorted rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest were recovered by the St Catherine North Police in a pre dawn operation in the McCooks Pen area of Spanish Town early this morning.
In what has been described as an intelligence driven operation that is ongoing, Senior superintendent of police in charge of St Catherine North Anthony Powell disclosed that, nine men were picked up for questioning in relation to the arms find, two of whom charges will be laid on soon.
"This operation was launched as a result of some gang investigations that we would have been carrying out over many months,"said Powell; "It led us to this location this morning."
"This find will certainly put a dent in the operations of some of the criminal gangs operating in and around Spanish Town," added Powell.
The senior cop said, he is calling on citizens to play their part in helping the police to root out gang related activities in their area.
"We are calling on the public to keep us informed about gang related activities, these are the weapons they have out there and they won't use it on themselves they will use it against law abiding citizens," the St Catherine North senior superintendent of police warned.
According to Powell eighteen 9mm rounds and two assorted rounds along with the 357 magnum were found in a dwelling occupied by the two men who are expected be charged.
Today's arms find comes against the background of reports of heightened tension between rival gang members in Spanish Town.
The Gleaner on Thursday quoted senior superintendent Clifford Chambers in charge of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch(CTOC) saying, - the tension is due to efforts by reputed Klansman leader Tesha Miller to regain control of the area since he return to the island two months ago.'
The police believe that members of the Klansman gang might be trying to garner support from fractions of the One Order gang to retained power for Miller.
Powell said investigations are continuing in relation to the larger find.