Cops clampdown on illegal guns to start new year, three arrested
As police continue to intensify operations across the island to kick-start the New Year, three firearms and several rounds of ammunition have so far been seized.
Police reports are that in the first incident, about 12:01 a.m. on January 1, cops were on duty on Casino Drive, St Catherine, when a man allegedly dropped a firearm and ran upon seeing them, a homemade shotgun with five rounds of ammunition was seized.
Minutes later, about 12:15 a.m. in Glendevon, St. James, three persons, including ateenaged boy, were apprehended following the seizure of a .45 pistol and seven rounds of ammunition.
Reports from the Montego Hills police are that a group of persons were seen along a roadway who ran as they approached.
The lawmen subsequently apprehended three of them and seized the weapon.
Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.
In the third incident, a semi-automatic submachine gun was seized about 12:40 a.m., during a joint police/military operation in Dempshire Pen, St. Catherine.
Members of the security forces were on operation when a premises was searched and the firearm found among debris.
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