Gun found in rice bag

January 19, 2018
This rifle was found hidden in a rice bag by members of the security forces in the Flankers area of Montego Bay, St James, yesterday.

A rifle and six rounds of ammunition were found hidden in a rice bag by members of the security forces in the Flankers area of Montego Bay, St James, yesterday.

The find was made by members of a joint military/police team that has been in St James under a State of Public Emergency.

Inspector Dian Bartley of the Joint Police Military Communications Unit, said security forces went into unoccupied premises in the area and after a thorough search, the weapon was found hidden in a rice bag. No one was arrested in connection with the find.

"Numerous incidents of shootings and murder in the space have been committed with similar high powered weapons and we will now rely on the ballistic and forensic technology to determine if this particular rifle was involved in any of the several murders committed over the past two weeks," Bartley said.

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